Even though I’ve spent the last two weeks at campus either working on projects or puttering in my classroom, TODAY is my first day back on contract.
I’m so happy!
Looking back at how I was doing this time last year on my first day of contract, I remember being so tired from all my before-I-go-on-contract festivities that all I wanted was another couple of weeks of vacation to rest.
This school year is already promising to be exciting, interesting, and even a bit intense.
I’ve already dug my heal in the sand on one issue: I’m working with a different LSSP (licensed specialist in school psychology) that, I’m told, isn’t a fan of the computer. I was also told that this particular LSSP will expect me or one of my team members to facilitate the ARDs if our ARD facilitator isn’t able to make it. I told the person that told me this that our new LSSP better expect me and my team to ignore those requests.
Head Cheese calls this a “fall on the sword” issue. As in, “am I willing to fall on a sword in order to get my way over this?” In a word, “no.” But I’ve made it plainly clear (redundancy intentional) that my team & I will NOT facilitate ARDs unless it’s an absolute last resort. Our ARD facilitator already knows this and worked very hard last year to keep those instances to a minimum.
In addition to working with a different LSSP, we’ve added a new component to our continuum of services that we’ll provide through my department. This is something I’ve been working on for over a year with teams both on campus and within the district. It’s nice to see all of our hard work finally becoming a reality. I really can’t wait to see how this addition to our programming will succeed for students and staff alike.
If all of this wasn’t enough, I’ve got staff out the first few weeks of the school year, new staff to train, long-term subs to support, a greater variety of students, and just plain MORE students to work with than I have in a long time.
All this on top of taking a heavy load of grad classes this year.
It’s definitely going to be an exciting year!