Saturday, September 03, 2011

Back to School @ a New School!

Sept. 16 007

I haven't posted much this past summer because I was totally focused on finding a new job. I am happy to report that I found a wonderful opportunity at a school in Philadelphia. I started my position as School Library Media Specialist this past week. It is exciting and overwhelming and will be really challenging and fun! I will be working with bright, charming, energetic children who have experienced economic challenges but who are eager to learn. My budget is not the best but the library space is really open, spacious, and beautiful.


I have already filled the windowsills with plants, which was one of my secret hopes and dreams for my new library position while job hunting. It wasn't the highest propriety, but to be honest on the job interviews where the library didn't have sunny windows I just wasn't falling in love as fast. Let's be real; in these long dreary Philadelphia winters green growing plants and sunshine makes a difference! I have had geraniums blooming in my school library for 11 years and I wanted to continue that tradition.

I am still getting my bearings and learning my way around the school. The computer lab where I will teach technology classes for grades 1 - 6 is still not quite ready for prime time and I have two 6th grades and a 5th grade coming on Wed. for the first instructional day of school. It will be interesting to see what the students bring to the table as I plan on spending the first weeks getting to know them and finding out what they know & what they want to do & learn this year.

crayon basket

I have a new Macbook Pro running Lion OS and Chrome, all new to me, so that is part of what I will be learning this fall. I haven't taught sixth graders very much in the past either so I am sure it is going to be a fun and enlightening year for me.

My goals are:

1. to get to know my students, faculty, administration and the culture of the school
2. explore how to use what resources and tools we have available to enhance and expand the curriculum as it is used
3. have a lot of fun and enjoy the people with whom God has blessed me.

What are you diving into this fall? What are your learning goals?


Mary Lee said...

I want to do a better job teaching reading.
I want to have a balanced life -- home, school, exercise, play, blogging, reading, writing. (I can dream, can't I?)

MotherReader said...

Congratulations on your new job! And good luck!

Elaine Magliaro said...

So happy to hear that you found a new job.

I'll be really busy starting this fall. My daughter had her first child--my first grandchild--in early August. I'll be providing daycare for little Julia Anna three days a week come November. I hope I have the energy and stamina to be a great nanny granny!

G.R. LeBlanc said...

Congratulations on the new job! Bring on the geraniums! :)

City Hunter said...

nice =)

Susan T. said...

Congratulations on your new job.

One of my fall goals is to enjoy something about every day in October, which is one of my favorite months of the year. It doesn't sound like much, but sometimes I forget to appreciate the here and now.

Andi Sibley said...

It's so nice to see all these cheerful comments! I am glad to hear of your goals - they all sound wonderful! The new job is turning out to be even more challenging than I anticipated. I'm not afraid to say I am really struggling! It will be interesting to see where this leads me...

Andi Sibley said...

Balance, energy, stamina, and finding joy in every day all sound like goals I should adopt too. October is going to be a full month!

Carol said...

Kind of lonely! How's it going?