My library mojo has returned. I’m excited about going to work. My desk is adorned with Lego masterpieces made by students during maker space time. The kids have responded excitedly to the stories and activities we shared this week. Lots of hugs and smiles when they see me in the hall. The principal is pleased with what I’m doing. Two great ladies work in the media center with me. I go home smiling and knowing I made a difference this week.
Will it always be like this? Surprisingly, I think so. I imagine there will be off days/weeks, but I’m in a much better place than I was at the end of May.
I know my new coworkers think I’m nuts to be excited about being at this particular school. It’s an underperforming Title I school in a tough area of town. My friend Enger totally understood when I told her that I’d rather go there than to some of the schools in the posh part of the district. My new kiddos will benefit from what I can share with them…the kids from the wealthy areas who already have every advantage – probably not so much. I was also able to leave behind a highly toxic work environment and lengthy commute.
Am I happy about the fixed schedule? Not my first choice. Still prefer the flex schedule, but this works for now. The challenge is having 46 kids in a group. Trying to figure out how to make hands-on activities work for that size group with the resources we have requires some creative thinking. I see half the school for this 4 week period, then do a similar series of lessons with the other half in September. I will see each group 20x by the end of the school year. That’s more than I saw the kids from my other school last year. Interested to see if it makes a difference on the standardized tests.
That’s enough for now. The moral of the story is if you are miserable in a job or relationship – GET OUT as soon as you can. Your health and sanity depend on it.