I am from Florida. I have lived here my entire life. I have a confession. I don’t swim. Well, that’s not entirely true. I can dog paddle but, don’t ask me to save anyone. I can barely get myself across a backyard swimming pool. (But you’re from Florida…) Yes, I’m from Florida and I don’t swim well. In fact, I rarely spend time in or around water for recreational purposes. I love it when my friends invite me to go on the river in one of their boats. I even love pool parties. I just don’t get in the water very often. I prefer to feel the bottom. When I can’t feel the bottom of the pool, lake, riverbed, etc. my panic levels rise to almost emergency levels. For this reason, I am one of the only people in my community that has never floated down the river on a tube (See the Ichetucknee Springs). Yes, I do get funny looks when I say that out loud. That’s okay. I’m really good at being me.
As some people know, I am changing my classroom focus. I was given an opportunity to revive the IT department on my campus. It has been very stressful making this change. With math, I always knew that 1 plus 1 equals two. With IT, I am not so sure of myself. I am leaning on my peers from the other schools in the district. They have been encouraging and supportive. I have also found great support from my PLN. My twitter peeps have been there for me during the middle of the night when the cold sweat of what I am doing keeps me awake.
Thanks to everyone that has felt sorry for me, I can truly say that I am starting to feel the bottom. My panic has subsided (somewhat). I am no longer looking at blank pages trying to plan my courses. I have actual scope and sequences now. I don’t know how well I’ve planned them out, but just having something on paper gives me a place to start. Since there haven’t been any true IT classes on my campus in a while, I will be starting with the basics. I will have a keyboarding class, 3 different classes learning different aspects of Microsoft Office, a Gaming & Simulation class, and a Digital Media class that will be focused on video production.
Yes, that is a lot. (Please don’t make that face or say, “Yikes!” It only brings my anxieties back.) But, I think I can feel the bottom.