As I begin a position at a new school after 18 years, it’s hard enough to get things organized, let alone having to get things organized and begin a new (and unfamiliar) job. I used to know what to expect in the first few days of inservice training. I knew when I would have time to set up my classroom and plan the lessons for the first few days of school. This year is the first year in at least 16 years that I’m not sure what is going to happen on the first day of school. I feel like a brand new teacher (except I have miles of experience to help me).
Over the last 3 days (and we still have 1 more), I haven’t had a chance to work with my co-teacher to really establish what we are going to do next week when students come back. We’ve put a lot of time into setting up our classroom space (off contract time, before we were required to be back at school) so that our students can feel welcome in our special education classroom. We’ve also spent countless hours collaborating online via Google Docs to make sure that our first unit is up-to-speed. But with all of the meetings and trainings at the beginning of the school year, we don’t have time to finalize our plans. That must be done on our own time. And many people don’t realize that teachers work well beyond their contracted time and hours in order to help students or to finalize plans so that things run smoothly. We want what is best for kids, but with all the villianization of teachers in the headlines, I don’t think people realize this.
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