I am alway up for a challenge. Last year, was my first full year as a teacher and a new school in a new district. Over the summer I researched and read everything I could about the school I was I had accepted a job in. The reputation was high and the expectations were higher but nothing prepared me for what I was about to step foot into. I was given the opportunity to take risks and challenge myself as well as my students. I was able to learn and develop my practice. I was pushed outside of my comfort zone on a regular basis. Something was still missing.
This year I moved schools and districts again. This time I didn’t researched and read everything I could about the school I was I had accepted a job in. This time I took the summer to relax when I could and to focus on planning some really cool projects. So far this year, I am being pushed outside my comfort zone but I have 2 very amazing team members I am bringing along with me. We have planned together, they have embraced my ideas and helped me clean them up. We have built assessment plans and rubrics together and they are there to answer my questions. I may have a year of experience under my belt but the questions keep coming.
Being a new teacher in the building is a very interesting feeling. I was never the “New kid” in school or on the block. I only moved schools in Jr. High with all my friends. I’ve realized you need to make the most of it and take the opportunity to learn so you can help continue to shape your practice.