Today’s prompt is looking back. And, looking back over the past year, I thought of all the time I spent lesson planning. Teachers, I am sure you can relate.
Do I need to read
This book, poem, essay
Again? I have taught it
Year after year. I have lesson
Plans, tests, quizzes, ideas－
Folders full of material. I will
Just look back over the notes. I will
Just skim a few pages…
Until hours have passed, and I
Am rereading it all over again,
And creating lessons anew because
I see a new angle; because
The class’s last discussion lead us
In a new direction; because
I wanted to try a new technique.
Whatever the reason, I, again,
Have spent hours when I could
Have reasonably spent minutes.
When will I learn to look back
And learn to work smarter?
Probably, never. Not until I stop
Learning myself. But sometimes,
I wish I could just use last year’s