We have 4 days of pre-planning and then on Friday, August 4, the kids come. This year I'll be stationed in the second grade level and mainly in one second grade classroom for 95% of the day. I only have one segment in first grade, helping out another teacher who will be working with first grade students. My home spot where my desk is and where I put my purse and eat lunch etc. has changed too. I used to be at one extreme end of the school and now I'm at the other. This will be really convenient because my new spot is in the second grade area and it will save me a lot of time and steps during the day.
In the last 6 years I've never been stationed in one class or dedicated to one teacher as much as I will be this upcoming school year. I used to go somewhere different every hour. I traveled with the kids instead of the kids coming to me. Being with one teacher is like a marriage. The para-professional is a helpmeet, supporting and helping the teacher in any way that will help her be more effective for the kids. In being with one person all day, I hope I don't annoy my teacher too much! At least when I went somewhere different every hour the teacher knew that they only had to put up with me for a short time and then I'd leave, lol!
I'm looking very much forward to this year. I like the security of the job (as secure as these things can be) but also look forward to the small changes within the job because that means it never gets boring. I used to be dedicated to kindergarten, this year it will be 2nd grade. I used to travel the building, this year I'll mainly be in one classroom. I love the teacher I'll be with so that is a huge forward start.
Our school is really good and the Administration is excellent. It has a positive and friendly climate. It is a good place to work because of the collegial support and encouragement. The work environment is physically comfortable. The high-level professional quality of my colleagues and especially the Admins is all good. I am really blessed to have a good job with a steady paycheck, regular hours, and is fulfilling because it is with kids.
As a result of our good school's climate, we have a low amount of people requesting transfers away. Employees come, and they stay. We have historically had the largest amount of 20, 25, and 30 year workers in the system. The downside is that these long-term workers are starting to retire now. I'll miss them- they were good people. We were given funds to fill the positions for those who left. That, plus the blessing of receiving funds for some new positions, means that this year in our building we have ten new faces!
What I'll miss about summer break at home:
The warm glow of the kitchen curtains as the sun rises and filters through the lace
Savoring coffee slowly first thing in the mornings
The green grass outside my window
Hearing the birds in the morning, along with the Wayward Rooster (who crows a chortled crow at all hours not just morning!)
The quietness of home
Eating at odd times
Going to the bathroom whenever I want! (You teachers and mommies know what I mean).
Surfing the net all day
Not having to talk to or see people
Not having a schedule
What I’m looking forward to at school:
Having a schedule
Seeing the children
Kids' bad knock knock jokes
Serving my teachers
Being a good employee
Not being able to eat whenever I want to (phew I ate myself out of house and home this summer!)
Being part of a team that makes a safe place for children to come to and be loved
Actually earning the paycheck that comes through the summer
Seeing my principal and assistant principal do their work because they are so good at what they do
Coming home at the end of the day
|Rainbow at dawn over my school a couple of years ago. EPrata photo|