1. I have seen every single kid in this school at least once. We did textbook checkouts here; I enjoyed seeing faces then imagining what they would sound like when they told me their ID number. I was usually surprised.
2. We (principal, "secretary" who runs the place) talked this summer about the feel of the room. We want it to be a more collaborative, comfortable location for the kids to work in. I was gung ho and excited about that, but I think I'm struggling with it now. When kids are sitting and bopping to music, or lounging (and I mean lounging) in one of our comfy chairs, I'm having trouble stopping myself from telling them they need to find something to do. But where's the line? Yesterday I heard there was a kid with his hoodie pulled up, sleeping. I mean, really?!
3. I don't enjoy sharing small spaces. There's been a lady here the past few weeks entering student data. She's very nice, a bit too chatty, but she wears a really strong perfume. The funny thing is that the first day she asked me about my air freshener that I have in here; said it was bothering her.
4. There are always exceptions to rules. Whether we like it or not.
5. Open House goes really fast when you're busy (and I didn't think I would be).
6. Having a cold, not being able to sleep well, and staying at school for 3 extra hours in the middle of the week stinks.
7. I'm really curious to see what technology the staff uses here and is comfortable with; we've been so busy with the Chromebook roll out and getting kids' devices registered that I haven't really been able to do that. Today I was able to get out to show a teacher a website called pdf Escape (she was wanting something the kids could use to enter info on a pdf) and next week I'm going to spend some time with a chem teacher who has flipped his class. That's the stuff that I'm excited about starting.
8. I like my job. I don't miss my classroom. But still, I miss my teacher friends, feeling comfortable with people, and knowing kids.