It's so hard to believe that I've been in this new job for a month now. I'm not sure that it's what I originally thought I was signing up for, but it's been an experience to say the least. Everyone keeps asking how I like it, and it seems the only response I can give is "different." I really don't know what else to say yet!
The biggest differences so far?
- I don't live by a bell schedule. This means that I can use the bathroom whenever I want. It also means that I can go out for a longer lunch, so long as I make up that time later on in my day. I have to admit, this is pretty nice.
- Driving during the school day feels awkward. I feel like someone is going to see me and I'll get in trouble. :) I spend more time than I would expect driving between sites, but it is nice to have variety in where I spend my day.
- Following protocol suddenly becomes so much more important in this new position. When you're seen as a representative of the district, you have to be very careful about what you say, how you say it and to whom you say it.
The best part of my week so far was my first science training on Tuesday. I've never led a full-day professional development session by myself. But Tuesday was my first, and it was AH-MAZ-ING! I loved it. I was nervous, but it didn't apparently show even though I was leading my peers. Even though the new job is "different," the feeling of being on cloud nine after Tuesday's training leads me to believe that I'm in the right place. I have the capacity to effect change and when I can do that related to science, my first education love, it feels all the more awesome.
Click on the photo below to cycle through some images from the training.