Change is Hard

I used to care more about Spanish, but that was last year when I learned more.  How do you respond to a comment like that? A student decided that I needed to know that after us discussing our writing for the day. I can shake things normally, but for some reason this comment hit me at the core. If you don’t know already, this is my first year at my current school. The classroom environment and the population of students and teachers is still new to me even after seven months of working there. I have been trying so hard to prove myself, but I still feel like there is something missing. Don’t get me wrong. I have some awesome colleagues (Natalia DeLaat, for one) and pretty great students and I didn’t make the wrong decision by moving schools and districts, but the standards and expectations are definitely higher so there is a little more pressure.

I attended Central States 2017 this past weekend and while hanging out with some fabulous ladies, Melanie Stilson mentioned that we should give ourselves a three-year grace period before we can see what we can really do in our classrooms and with our students. Melanie, where did you hear that again? If this is true, I have 2 years and 5 months to go! Holy Guacamole! I wonder if there is anything I can do now that will make a difference or should I continue what I am doing and start fresh next year?

Old-You-New-YouChange takes time which I understand and my wise friend and colleague, Natalia said today that students will think what they think especially when they think conjugation and not understanding the meaning IS knowing. I am new and my teaching style is new. My students are adapting and not everyone is going to be happy at first, but hopefully they will see the value in why I am doing what I am doing. We are assessing on our current unit tomorrow and Spring Break starts Saturday so here is to a break and new beginnings.  Anyone else been in a similar situation? What did you do?