Since I was a 4th grader I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Friends struggled in college to choose majors and then figure out what to do with a business degree. My career path was clear, or so I thought.
I would be a classroom teacher, and as it turns out I would be a classroom teacher at the same school where I went as a kid! But, just as with all amazing adventures, they must come to an end at some point. After 13 years as a middle school teacher in the same classroom, I took a leap of faith and waved goodbye to my comfort zone. More than a decade of building relationships with pre-teens and their families, planning lessons and being the ring leader of learning came to an end this summer.
I interviewed, accepted, cleaned filing cabinets and closets and found my new desk all within a couple of weeks. Gulp! At our first team meeting, I introduced myself and offered a self deprecating joke about not knowing what my new role was. As my husband would say, there’s always some truth to the humor. In the first couple weeks I tried to slyly use Google to help me figure out terms that colleagues were slinging back and forth. “Google, what is a Zoom Room? Google, what’s the difference between Makey Makeys and Arduinos”, wait: “Google, What’s a Wedo?”
But being new isn’t all bad- my lack of familiarity with lots of ‘commonplace’ Future Ready language ended up moving our team’s ‘Customer Service’ side forward. If I was unsure, as we talked about Early Release PD, the differences between webinar and virtual courses, maybe others had similar confusions. I asked our team, the ‘experts’, to define these two terms to help clarify our message across the district. Turns out, our team of experts all had different ideas, too. (Thus giving the new girl a project!)
The document above took lots of eyes from the talented folks on the Future Ready team but now exists to hopefully make those muddy waters a bit more clear. The terms are used in our PD Portal to identify the different Week3 course offerings and in our course feedback surveys.
Don’t worry, there are more terms I’m still secretly Googling. It’s definitely humbling to be in that space of not-knowing, but it can lead to some pretty awesome things, too.
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