This school year hasn’t gone as planned.
Don’t get me wrong. It hasn’t gone badly. My classes are good and well-behaved (for the most part), and the students seem to respond well to my style. Yet I haven’t been able to try any of the new things I envisioned for the year.
Part of the problem is that I’m at a new school. In some ways, I feel like a brand-new teacher again. The norms and values of the school as a whole are very different from my previous workplace. At my old workplace, there were a lot of passionate teachers. There were also, unfortunately, a lot of people who shouldn’t even be in the teaching profession. At my current job, the faculty seems good overall, but they don’t necessarily seem passionate. There are some people that I think may not even like kids.
They aren’t bad teachers, though, necessarily. Yet it’s still a very different dynamic than what I am accustomed to. At my previous workplace, differentiated instruction was really pushed (some might say “crammed down our throats”). New ideas were always being presented and tested out. I have lectured more at this new job than I’ve ever lectured before. I mentioned to my fellow subject matter teacher the other day that I thought we should have the kids do more projects. They appeared aghast at the idea.
I keep telling myself, “Maybe next year”. But what about this year? It hasn’t been bad, but I don’t know that I’ve grown much either. I’ve wanted to set up a Moodle all year and have gotten absolutely nowhere. The teachers here don’t seem very interested in trying new things, so I haven’t been able to get much tech support, either.
I’m frustrated. I’m lonely. I know no one likes a new person who comes in and starts changing things dramatically, and I understand and respect that. But when does that end?