I’ve been at my new school for over a week now – organizing, working on schedules, planning, and participating in professional development, and, most importantly, I’ve been getting to know, and building relationships with people in my new school.
In the past week, I’ve started to get to know the principal with whom I will be working. She seems like such a wonderful, genuine, gentle, knowledgeable, and caring person. Everyone I see mentions what a wonderful person she is to work with. I am truly fortunate to have this opportunity to work with her. It is strange though, at least to me, because it seems we are a lot alike. We have similar thoughts on many issues. We seem to be on the same page already. This is so nice! I wonder if she feels the same? I know we will have a great year leading together!
I have also started getting to know a few of the teachers. They have all demonstrated themselves to be caring, dedicated, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and interested in ongoing learning.
One of the primary teachers came asked me for some assistance in organizing her room (she knew of my experience teaching the same grade she now teaches). What fun that was! We talked about her classroom, the kids, and how she could organize her space. She already had many very good ideas about the organization. I provided her with a couple small suggestions. What I loved most about our visit was our talking about her program, and how she taught language arts. I am so excited to be able to, hopefully, provide her with some mentoring this year in this regard. It will be so lovely to be able to go into her classroom to work with her and her students and model some lessons.
I am so excited about what this year holds.
I am so excited to get back into the classrooms some more and work with the kids. In many ways, I really do miss having my own classroom.
I’ve already sent her an email with a bunch of links I gathered from Twitter about the Daily Five and The Cafe Book. Next, I will go through my external hard drive to find some other helpful items for her.