It’s amazing how much even some resolution can change my attitude.
I know I have a room1. I know what grade level I’m going to be teaching. I’ve had my first department meeting, and all of my fellow teachers are interested both in math, and in teaching. I know that I’m going to have a projector, and I know when my conference period is.
I’ve gone from being a bundle of stress to looking forward to meet the kids.
I’m ready to go.
1 It’s even a pretty nice room – freshly remodeled. It’s got a ceiling mounted projector, and sliding whiteboards with tons of storage behind them, a good amount of room, high windows, and good broad spectrum flourescents. And it has a view of downtown – I know that doesn’t seem like much, but it does give me an opportunity to be aware of the world outside the bounds of my school during every passing period.