I went to a professional development training on Thursday and will also attend one on Monday (tomorrow) and one on Tuesday. To say that I felt completely at home would be an understatement. I was welcomed and literally laughing about 5 seconds after arriving. I am so excited for what this year brings!
I met four of my five teammates on Thursday. They are AWESOME! I had actually already met one (the team leader) at the interview and had emailed/spoken to on the phone another teammate. They are all so nice and funny and seem to truly love their jobs. I am so excited!
I realize that this job is different than the one I just left and has many different requirements. There are many challenges before me, but I am excited for the challenges! I say, "bring 'em on!" I can do this. I am ready and willing and excited to do this!
Third grade will be different, but I will be teaching workshop style (which I LOVE) and am already getting things organized and ideas flowing for next year. I will have a little more freedom about how I want to teach things and will be able to write my own lesson plans. I am a little nervous about writing my own plans, but am also excited about getting to plan everything on my own. I also know that these great ladies will be happy to help me and I know I will get through it.
All that being said, I know I am going to really miss my team last year. I will miss my kids from last year. I hate that I will not get to see them grow and change. I hope that next year I will be able to have that experience with the kids I have this year. We shall see.