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Monday, August 4, 2014

Remain Optimistic, Pray, or Follow the Flow?

It's that time of the year, well more like the beginning of the year for me. I say this will all enthusiam! For the past week I have been attending summer academy with all new staff and leadership for my network. It consists of a 3 week training to help us prepare for the turnaround setting that we are entering. So what's with the title of this post then? Well I'm trying to decide after I've experienced only a small taste of what's to come should I:


1. Take the advice of my best friend and become optimistic about all things in life (including taking the challenge of turning around a failing public school). 

2. Follow my Christian faith and just pray on it.

OR

3. Follow the flow of whatever happens. 

Knowing myself I will probably:
The wall in my bedroom
Well as good as it looks and sounds, I would say I won't worry but I sure will remain inquisitive. WHY? After spending a year in the residency program developing my practice and striving to be more than a basic teacher, the time has come to show what I know. During week one of summer academy as a new school the staff and administration worked towards building the mission and vision for our building, participated in a first day of school simulation (if our first day occurs that smoothly my prayers will be answered), planned with grade level teams for rules, and really began to build relationships with all my new colleagues. I know it sounds like the week was filled with a lot but what I didn't expect was the enourmous minimal amount of time that we actually received to plan as a team for the upcoming school year. We attended workshops that reviewed more of what our residency year was like (yay-----NOT!). I could complain about that all day but instead during my evening hours I planned and incorporated some of the ideas I witnessed within summer academy.

My favorite part of week 1 occurred on Friday (no I didn't run home to the wine), when our school completed a community walk to learn about the area and promote our back to school BBQ. Meeting members of the community and seeing so many excited children in the neighborhood was awesome. It helped me to put a face on the students that will be in my 4th grade English Language Arts classroom.

More exciting I was able to go and see my new home away from home: ROOM 208!



This was the only thing left behind in the empty room. I'm sure it's a message to me so I'm keeping it.
 Sure it looks shabby, cold, and unwelcoming. HOWEVER and WITHOUT A DOUBT IN MY MIND,  I'm confident that before my babies enter that room on September 2 it will be the most vibrant space that any child would love to learn in! In the meantime, I'm still completing shopping low bargain hunting and making the most of my time with my family.
Celebrated my cousin going to college Jackson State University!
My older siblings. 


As week 2 begins tomorrow--well since its 12am, more like today. I plan to continue reading my personal selection for preparing to go back to work Young, Gifted and Black: Promoting High Achievement amongst African American Students (Buy it Here). I also can't wait to take in all I can on this weeks' topic (Data: Knowing Your Students). I have become a data craving machine and as a network we will become trained on The Achievement Network (Learn more here).

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