I was finally productive today. It was the first day of work at my new school and I am feeling exhausted in the best way possible. There is something about new teacher orientation that I like very much—-meeting new colleagues, observing administrators, comparing past experiences to my new ones. I like how it’s a slow acclimation to a new place—I have a full week of getting into a routine of waking up early, catching the train, finding the best walking route from the subway to school (Is there a good coffee place along the way? Yes. Can I catch the walk signs at the right time? No.)
Today was basically one long meeting punctuated by some breakfast foods, introduction conversations, and a great lunch. It feels a lot like a dream to me still, especially after meeting all of the other new teachers. These people have come from all over the world, many have doctorates, and speak more than three languages fluently. I felt a little bit like a hick rag doll in comparison. However, I did sit next to a Brazilian woman and we struck up a conversation in Portuguese, and that was all very cool.
My classroom? Has no windows. I’m in the “new teacher” classroom which is basically the armpit of the school. I’m not complaining, trust me. It’s VERY well supplied with everything I could ask for (except windows) and so I know I’m in a place that is supportive of its faculty and students. When the principal showed me my room, I looked around and asked, “So, is this the room they give to all new teachers?” And he smiled and said it was. “It’s the pecking order,” he said. And I guess it is, and I guess it’s only fair. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that there’s going to be a new teacher next year. Peck, peck, peck.
There is SO much to do to prepare, though. But I’ve got to say I have THE. NICEST. colleagues. I’m so eager to get to work with them. About my classes, I have no idea who my students are, what they look like, how to pronounce their names, or how many of them I have. I’d write about them if I knew anything, but I don’t, so I can’t.
I’m so glad to be working again and to be doing something with purpose. This week is going to be a hectic one filled with meetings and gaining confidence in maneuvering myself around the city. I love starting new adventures, and I really hope this adventure lasts a very long time.