BEFORE I TELL THEM:
WHEN I’VE ALREADY SAID IT THRICE AND IT’S WRITTEN ON THE BOARD:
One thing I know for sure is that if I had any doubts or reservations about this upcoming year, this three-day training session has equipped me with the tools I need to be successful.
I am fortunate because this county is able to make TIP a high priority and has clearly made the investment in its new teachers. Not only first-year inductees, but veterans who have transferred from other systems, were in attendance so I had the chance to meet and connect with others who could either identify with me or who could impart great advice during our sessions.
Meeting the head of the county’s ELA department was important because as I facilitate my grade-level meetings in my school, I am able to share the vision of for the county as it applies to the state-mandated standards.
I participated in Ice-Breakers (which I love) that I will definitely be using in my first week of classes. The head of the Professional Standards Commission had a great “What Not to Do” presentation and I was amazed at the examples of ethics violations that had been investigated. Professionalism, of course. Differentiation in the Classroom, which is going to be the cornerstone for me after the standards-driven guidelines. A workshop on Working with Individuals with Special Needs was insightful and after my work over the past year, I had answered most of the questions she asked correctly. How to Use the Model Classroom was a fabulous way to think about the layout in your learning space and get the most out of your instructional time. I mean, the list goes on.
And a point that a veteran from another school system made was the fact that each essential member of the Board of Education was there to facilitate, in other words, no representatives were sent in their place. “I’m just not used to this” she kept repeating.
So when I returned to my school, I was so passionate to get started with my now clear objectives and supportive leadership behind me.
This is further evidence that I am in the right place at the right time.