Today marked the end of our official first week of the 2015-2016 school year. Yes, I've been back in professional development meetings since August 3rd, but we weren't "required" to be present until this week. As a new teacher in this district, I'm still feeling quite overwhelmed with all the new things that have been thrown at me over the past couple weeks.
It's tough being the new person, feeling like I have to play catch up AND stay with my PLC during our limited planning time. In our first planning period together Thursday, I feel like I spent the entire time searching for files in the bajillion folders in Google Drive and requesting access to things I couldn't see. As things stand today, we have a common assessment and a text to use next week, but we still don't have daily objectives for our lesson plan, which are also supposed to be common. I'm sure we'll get into a good groove eventually, but this is stressful for me since I'm such a planner.
My principal has been INCREDIBLE! I've never felt so welcomed and appreciated by an administrator. It almost seems too good to be true (but I've asked around, and it's been confirmed that she is 100% genuine)! Earlier this week, she and another coworker were seriously arguing in my doorway about whose home I should stay in during inclement weather (you know... when my one hour commute turns to three). I assured them both that Chicago winters promise enough snow for them both to take me in... probably more times than they hope! haha
I've added so many coworkers to my "friends" list, and the texts, phone calls, and daily chats have truly made this experience amazing. My days are L.O.N.G. (I typically get to school at 6:45 and leave 12 hours later to avoid traffic), but right now, I'm having so much fun because those before and after school hours are when I'm bonding with our amazing staff.
It's probably too soon to tell for sure, but I feel like I may have found my home school! :)
I also want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you have encouraged me and supported me on this journey. Every time I contemplated walking away, it was my friends here who urged me to keep pushing forward. I can't say enough good things about this community!