Meg's (Ad)Ventures

Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Year of Involvement

Alright. Take a deep breath. In less than 48 hours, year three of my teaching career will begin. Summer is officially OVER!

This year is going to be unlike any other so far. I don't know how it happened, but my career has been catapulted into hyperdrive. Here's a glimpse into what the next 9 months hold:

1. I will continue to be the adivsor for National Junior Honor Society, but this time it starts the 2nd week of school and not April.
2. I am advising Student Council and running it as a class. Can anyone say Robert's Rules?
3. I took a training last spring on how to develop a special "teacher" type website that allows for all kinds of things from video clips to assessments and am now responsible for training our entire 72-person staff.
4. I was asked to be the tech liaison for our wing. This means that all the teckie-type stuff goes through me first. If I can't fix it, then it goes onto our tech coordinator. I am such a dork!
5. I am in charge of a vocab initiative school-wide.
6. I am the literacy coach for my science department.
7. I was asked to be a district committee to for cultural sensitivity training and then come back and train the staff.

AND, oh yeah...

8. TEACH!

Here's the thing: I LOVE my job. But what I love most about my job is being with the kids and creating an environment in which they can feel inspired, special and successful. I am feeling a little overwhelmed by all I have been asked to do this year outside of my classroom, but energized at the same time. I am lucky to have such a supportive husband at home and family that cheers me on from the distance. Please keep my time at school in your thoughts and prayers this year. I am going to need every ounce of positive energy that I can get! I will definitely keep you posted on how everything goes. I will no doubt have some funny stories to share. :)

I've stayed up late, laid by the pool, laughed with friends, visited family, adored my daughter and husband and done my very best to appreciate each moment this summer has had to offer. It's been a good, no a great, summer.

Welcome back. My name is Mrs. Daniel and I will be your 8th grade science teacher this year.

11 comments:

Kim said...

I don't envy you, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the "teaching" part of the job. 31 hours until my life as a 3rd grade teacher begins. I feel like I am going to throw up.

Anonymous said...

Megs - You will do a great job this year. Like you said, you finally had a nice relaxing summer to completely unwind and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Take it one day at a time and be thankful to have a great job with many opportunities. (that reminder gets me through my tough days)

Miss you much.
Andrea

cyndi & lee said...

You are amazing!

Anonymous said...

I SECOND THAT. YOU ARE TRULY AMAZING!

Zach said...

I think it's awesome that you're the tech liaison--it sounds so fancy, but it really means dork. Just remember the answer to every question is "Reboot it."

Good luck this year! I know you'll be great.

David & Mary said...

yes, you are a busy woman, wife, mother! But I'm sure you will enjoy this year and you love keeping busy anyway! Mary is so excited to come out - I know you guys will have fun.

Mom said...

Meggie, this is your mother saying I"m proud of your many abilities, but proud too of your willingness to reflect on how you're spending your time and making sense of things. Your students are very lucky to have you, and your craft is reaching a new level each year. I know you'll continue to seek the balance in your home life and your challenges at school.....Know that you're in my thoughts every single day.
Love you,
Mom

kristen said...

i can't wait to hear all about your first day! i know you'll do great!! love and miss you....

Anonymous said...

yikes! i hope you've also gotten a nice raise...

Kate D said...

You are such a superstar! Sofia is going to be so proud of her momma.

lindsey said...

congrats on the new responsibilities... just don't be afraid to say you have too much on your plate if you do. life is short and your happiness should come first!