It’s been non-stop busy since back-to-school inservice started this past Tuesday. Lists help clear my mind, so here goes:
- Our Earth Science team works together like a dream.
- Principal gave everyone new t-shirts with the new school slogan: “Show your pride! Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Productive!” This is very similar to my standard classroom expectations, so I’m all for it.
- Push for a “cultural shift” to focus more on the teachers/students who are doing things well. In other words, focus on rewards rather than punishment.
- Kobe Steakhouse donated lunch one day. Brewster’s donated ice cream on another.
- New discipline plan WITH form to reduce paperwork.
- Competitive team building focused on problem solving games.
- Lots of changes. New bell schedule, new lesson plan requirements, new literacy requirements. Nothing is really terrible, but a lot of it requires extra paperwork. The literacy initiatives in particular require me to take out everything I had planned on my own to follow their prescribed methods. Dislike.
- Coworkers that don’t want to get on board with the cultural shift we are trying to accomplish.
- One functional copy machine. 150 teachers trying to get first day copies made.
- Many revisions as we are trying to get paperwork done. For example, we got 5 revised first week schedules. One revised bell schedule (student agendas are now wrong). 3 changes to discipline rules. 4 changes to attendance policies and procedures.
The reminder to stay positive.