Hard to believe that summer is over. My first day with students in my building was Tuesday. We had two days prior that were considered official work days on the district level and in our building. As an intervention teacher, nobody wants to let their students visit me with the long lists of explaining that has to go on regarding routines, the building, lunch, and recess. And there is so much to do prior to identifying who needs intervention.
So I find myself fortunate to be able to sit down with my fellow
intervention teachers in my building and get some things checked off of our to
do lists! As with you in your teaching situation, there are so many new
essentials to consider. For us, we have to consider SLO's (the big one!) and we
have a new teammate who moved over from Special Education who has to back up
one step and learn how students arrived at her doorstep. But my main
point is that we four had a lot of time together today between escorting lost students
and our various duties.
While meeting throughout the day today, our Superintendent peeked in and we
waved her in to say hello. For two of us she is our former principal. And
for me, I will always be eternally grateful because she hired me for my second
teaching position ever. We reminisced about my first day back in the
classroom when she came to my room for the lunch count, only to find me
desperately collecting school supplies, a task with which I was unfamiliar, as
at my former school students brought very few items. I had a look on my
face showing her I thought she had to be joking! We chatted briefly on
day one, wished each other a great year, and she went on her way to visit other
classrooms while we got back to work.
Later in the day, our Assistant Superintendent stopped by the building and
passed by my door. I stepped out into the hall and asked him to stop by
when he had a moment. He came back awhile later and we had a great chat.
My link to him is that we attended both undergraduate and graduate school
together, at two different universities, and years later, he was hired to be
our assistant superintendent. He truly listened to some concerns we had and
really wanted to make sure he understood our concerns. He said they will be addressed.
Prior to my current school district, I taught in a big urban school
district. My current district is so much smaller but how many of us
educators can say we know both their Superintendent and Assistant
Superintendent personally, can be greeted by name, are visited with smiles, and
are listened to and helped to alleviate any fears while wading through all the
uncertainties that come all these new legal requirements. I can't be more
pleased to work for these two individuals and to call them my colleagues!
Until Next Time,