May 25, 2009

Come What May

As we approach the end of the school year, I admit that I have some anxieties about the things that are still unknown. For one, my team is still short one employee, and we have no idea who our principal has in mind for that position. Depending on who fills that position, my teaching assignment may change to include a section of social studies. I won't mind if this happens, but I'd like to know sooner than later... I'm a planner!

Also, we do not have our room utilization assignments for next year yet, and as a new teacher, I run a chance of not having my own classroom. Should this happen, I will be on a cart, and I will travel from room to room throughout the day. As a language arts teacher with multiple classroom texts, novels and activities with manipulatives, this will be a huge disadvantage.

The worst part, for me, is that if I don't have a classroom, my desk will be located in the "teachers' office" (which has really turned into the SPED office). I am mostly fearful that I will not be very productive in this environment because of amount of activity that happens in this space. Teachers pass through this room all day to get their mail, make copies, pick up paper from the printer, etc. I'm a bit of a social butterfly, and I fear that I will be unable to resist the temptation to socialize as much as needed.

I acknowledge, though, that many others have endured these frustrations. I know I was extremely lucky to have a classroom my first year. I know things can always be worse and that I should remind myself often to be grateful to have a job that I love. So, if it comes to it, I will drive my cart with a smile on my face (and pray for a classroom for the following year).

Here's to hoping I have some answers soon!

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