This past September, I became an employee at a new school. My world was turned upside down; new classroom; new colleagues; new admin; new students. I tried desperately to cling to my old ways, the routines and structures of the past, but most times I had to let them go in favor of building new ones. Kids were not used to me; I was not used to them or the school culture. I had to roll with the punches, so to speak. It’s not easy being the new teacher.
As I sit here, during the final week of school, I look around my room and think of the enormous change I’ve been through; scheduling, new grading system, new school culture; adjustment to change was happening all year long. I’m already experiencing a new change as I’ve just learned that my classroom will be changed.
Rolling with the punches was never my strong suit. If this was 5 years ago, I would have had a real hard time with change. Now I think I’ve become quite adept at change.
Have you had any major changes during this school year? How did you deal with them?