Wow. Where did the summer go? This afternoon I caught myself thinking that it was back to school next Wednesday and then I realized that I’m going in tomorrow to help with the chrome book distribution, and on Friday to finish moving things out of my classroom to my new space. Then Monday and Tuesday I have meetings relating to the STEM program. Wednesday is the first teacher day. So really summer is already over for me.
It was a short, busy, hot summer – and regular air conditioned days will certainly be one of the perks of going back to school. It really has been miserably hot here (as in much of the country) so very little got accomplished out of doors. The patio was not enlarged, nor was the porch reattached to the house. The driveway is still a muddy (when it rains) mess of dirt ruts. I skipped the garden this year except for some container plants on the patio table, strawberries that never really produced, cherry tomatoes, peppers and basil. Not exactly the self sustaining farmstead I had once pictured! I so admire our ancestors who not only did not have air conditioning and had to haul water, but did so in heavy, bulky dresses and petticoats. Needs must, I suppose.
The kids, who start school a week after I do, are also looking forward to returning to the cool school routine and seeing their friends. We were out of school but didn’t have a vacation per se aside from a few days of camping at the beginning of June (before it became too hot for such pleasures) with an old grad school buddy of mine and her daughter. Each year I think, this will be the year we take a family trip but it never happens. I did get away – I went to a total of 10 days of teacher workshops – rocks and minerals, climate dynamics, reading, and computer science as well as attending online webinars and classes. I believe I logged enough professional development hours to fulfill the next two years of required training!
My new job, STEM Coach, is at this point not well defined due to the resignation of the assistant superintendent a week after I was hired. His replacement is my old boss/principal and since we are pretty much at the very beginning of the program he prefers to back up to start over so he can be sure we’re headed in the direction he wants the program to go. I have a big ex-computer lab at the High School and a warning that some of the teachers will be resistant to any suggestions that they change their teaching methods and a small cubbyhole at the Junior High but more teachers on board with the idea of incorporating STEM. I will also co-teach one class at the Junior High with the new 7th grade science teacher- computer science in science. Should be interesting since I’ll be only a step or two ahead of the students in this one! I am feeling a bit at loose ends in my new job but plan to start with research (one of my favorite things) and lots discussions with teachers of all subjects. I suspect it will be a bit slow going to begin with.
August will be a challenging month with the new position, kids returning to school and only one paycheck for the entire month. The weather will no doubt continue to be hot and humid as well. Once September rolls around we should be settled into the school routine and the days will hopefully be cooler.