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Jul 31 2011

One Week Until the Students Arrive

Time is really flying now!  All of TFA’s summer training is over, and I am officially in the hands of my school district and school.

Early last week, our school district hosted its orientation.  The orientation was wonderful—district leaders shared their mission and vision, along with a healthy dose of well-deserved district pride.  An incredibly engaging and motivating keynote speaker rounded out the morning and challenged us to be dynamic teachers in our classrooms.  After the speakers, a number of professional associations and vendors were available to discuss their products and services, while local media circulated the crowd grabbing quick interviews for their evening news shows.  In the afternoon, our district department leaders gave presentations that were more specific to particular subject areas, noting resources and support systems in place to guide and support the district’s teachers.

At the end of last week, our school hosted its new teacher orientation.  Man, that place is dynamic!  I could not be more excited about the vision and enthusiasm present in our school administration.  I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the team.  The administration enthusiastically welcomed the new teachers (there were probably about twelve of us) and shared their vision of where they would like to see the school grow and develop in the upcoming year.  We also learned logistics about our school day, human resources, and technology.

One of the most exciting parts of the week was finally seeing my classroom:

It’s perfect!  I have some decorating to do, but it is an incredible space for learning.

I also got some information about my eighth grade students and classes.  I will be teaching five substantive social studies classes, as well as a homeroom and a CARE class.  Each class has between twenty and twenty-five students and lasts forty-nine minutes.  I am so very excited to meet the students.

I am also spending a great deal of time these days reviewing resources available in my subject area, Georgia History.  Unit plans and lesson plans are in the works!  I’m thrilled to have the privilege of teaching such dynamic material—I am excited about the opportunities.

In short, this past week has been a whirlwind, but a great one!  Next week, we have pre-planning and our open house, and our students report to school for Day 1 on August 8.  You can read all about it right here!

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