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Wordless Wednesday: Changes

A week ago today, I moved from Houston to San Antonio.  Everything is still a bit of a mess (especially me).

As I anxiously await access to my new classroom, I wonder what advice do you have for someone who is new to a campus or team?

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  1. I switched schools and positions last year. My first advice is to be friendly to everyone. You will need a lot of help (where is ______, how do I ___________). It's good to know who you can go to/ ask for advice from. Make friends with the secretary, the custodian, your teammates, etc. My other advice would be to just observe. See how meetings are run, the feel of the school, etc. Don't stress out that it's different just observe how it's different. I can guarantee some of the differences will be good and some won't be. That's just how life is. Eventually, you can make suggestions to change the not go good but at first, just observe.

    Hope this helps! Good luck!

    My Bright Blue House

    1. Such great advice! Observing is key!

  2. Hey there!
    I've moved states and schools two years ago and then to a different school last year. I know it can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. I have two pieces of advice. 1. Be friendly and go to things. One way I've always felt a part of the school is by getting to know the teachers and staff better. Have lunch with them, go to happy hour, go to their rooms to chat, etc. 2. Be patient with yourself. It will take a bit to become acclimated to your new school. You will get there, but sometimes it takes awhile so being patient while you're learning all the new things is important.

    Good luck at your new school. I'm sure you'll love it!
    Team J's Second Grade Fun

    1. Great tips! Luckily, Happy Hour is a big hit with this group :) hehee

  3. A few years ago I was lucky enough to get to open a new school in the district. One thing we all didn't think of before, but definitely learned as we went along was, know what you want to do and where you want to end up, but be very flexible about how to get there :) It's a balancing act to be independent and go along with what the group wants. And being friendly and agreeable, as mentioned in previous comments, is a good rule of thumb as you work to balance your ideas with those of others. You are going to have a grand adventure– enjoy it, as most of us don't move too many times in a career. Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

  4. Best of luck with the move! Entering a new school can be overwhelming for sure! My advice is to go out of your way to meet everyone (team, other teachers, janitors, lunchroom workers) and start building relationships. You never know when you might need to call on one of them!

    The Teaching Texan

  5. I moved a couple years ago to a new state and grade level. I know things feel a mess now, just remember that it will all settle down as the year goes on. I had to be easy on myself that year to know I just couldn't get it all done. Best of luck!
    Miss King's Enchanted Kingdom