Friday, August 15, 2014

It's That Time of Year Again

As I write this blog, my summer vacation is quickly coming to an end.  According to the calendar, I am due to report back to work on Monday, with the students returning the following week.  While I was making friends and gaining new experiences in Guatemala, my school went through a major transition.  When I walk in the door on Monday, I will be greeted by new administrators and a good number of new colleagues as well as introduced to new programs.

I attended SIOP training earlier this week (one of the new programs), but the only information that was shared about the upcoming school year was that there will be new administrators, new teachers and new programs (such as SIOP).  The teachers are still anxiously waiting for their teaching and room assignments.

I usually strive to be as organized and prepared to begin the year as possible.  In fact, by this time of summer, I am usually at a point where my year is mapped out and the materials for my first unit are copied and ready to be passed out.  I am hesitant to do much in this situation as there are close to a dozen class options that could be assigned to me.  Luckily, I have been teaching for a while and have ideas in the back of my head.  I also have a hard drive full of materials dating back to pre-9/11 that I can draw from if needed.

Given the situation, I will dedicate this weekend to relaxing.  Time will only tell what next week will bring, so I better unwind while I still can.  Stay tuned for further updates straight from the trenches.

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