So, I am slogging my way through this course.  I actually find it really interesting, and absolutely amazing that I had never heard of Instructional Design before now.  I mean, I’ve only been a teacher for 15 years!  Shouldn’t this be something they teach to new teachers?  Heck, maybe they do.  But clearly it wasn’t that memorable in my case…

So while I am spending time on our group assignment, I am also dreaming of ways to reinvent the wheel in my own classes.  It’s time to start paying better attention to the objectives set out by the government, and looking at exactly what the students need to know, rather than plunking myself down in front of the textbook and hoping IT does the job for me.

So I am desperate to get back to work.  Which isn’t going to happen until the end of January or later.  You see, I have this teeny tiny autoimmune disorder called Multiple Sclerosis, and it’s really been beating me up lately.  Basically, little lesions appear on my brain, and depending on their location, they can wreak havoc with balance, coordination, vision, memory, or movement.  My lesions really seem to like affecting my eyes, as I have had Optic Neuritis twice in one year.  It essentially wipes out half my vision, making it impossible to read, drive, put makeup on properly, etc.  So my neurologist has taken me off work until February, and has suggested that my career choice doesn’t really fit with this condition.  Apparently, teaching 120 teenagers a day is too stressful!  (Thank you, Captain Obvious…)

On the plus side, it gives me plenty of time to read about Instructional Design!  And plan for courses that hopefully someone will let me teach in February!  But I now know that my job is potentially too stressful for this condition, and so I am working with the school board to try and reduce my work load, which hopefully will also reduce the number of relapses I have.  MS won’t stop me, but it will slow me down.  And really, that’s probably a good thing.  Maybe a Master’s, a full time job and a toddler was a but much…  🙂

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