Today I had a first year Induction Seminar with the district math coach and all of the other first year math teachers. I really like our district math coach. She has been extremely supportive and kind this year and even visited me in the hospital when I had the heart attack scare on Valentines Day.
One of the activities our math coach had us do was write down a list of the things that we were thankful for this past year. Maybe that sounds silly but I found it helpful and encouraging. Here is my list:
- My wife and son (and unborn daughter on the way)
- Supportive Administration
- Friendly and helpful colleagues
- Caring District Staff (Like the math coach who visited me)
- Well-structured discipline system
- Desmos and Go Formative
- The students
- The district’s onboarding process and support
- Work friends
- A district provided chromebook, which I have used to write this blog
After the seminar meeting I headed over to another high school in the district to do some observations. I wish that a more regular observation time was built into the school structure. I always find it encouraging to watch other teachers because it reminds me that the problems that I have are problems that everyone has sometimes and when they don’t have the problems that I have I get to see how they prevent or handle the problems.
I’m betting that previous sentence made no sense but I’m going to leave it.
Right now I am observing a fellow first year teacher. The department that I visited thought I would only want to observe veteran teachers, but I find observing fellow first years just as valuable. I have been trying to keep up with this particular colleague all year even though we teach at different schools. I hope that he comes back next year, he is a good teacher and has a good relationship with the students.
Tomorrow I will give the unit test and then I get a week off for Spring Break. I definitely need it.
Thanks for reading.