My district seems to start way later than everyone else. I’m seeing a lot of first days/weeks of class type posts, and I still have no idea what I’m going to be doing.
I don’t even know if there is going to be a new teacher orientation day, or more than one staff day before classes start.
I don’t know which grade I’m going to teach, or if I’m going to teach all of them.
I don’t know what my classroom looks like, or if I’m even going to have my own classroom1.
I have no idea what sort of technology support I can expect.
I don’t know how large my classes are going to be (though I expect them to be less than 24 students – that’s part of why I was hired.)
So, as other teachers are trying to make good on their new years resolutions (of either the start or stop doing something variety), mine is going to be a whole lot simpler. It’s based in part on my best year of teaching, where I had set myself such low expectations that after 2 weeks I felt free to try out anything that I wanted to.
My resolution is to minimize my expectations, and to simply try to create a decent learning environment for myself and for my kids, and then just go with whatever happens as a result of that.
1 As a result of hiring more teachers, they’ve run out of classrooms. A couple of teachers will be roaming, with no rooms of their own.