Friday, August 24, 2012

These Days

The past four days have been filled with PD, learning the ins and outs of being a site support tech person, getting teachers up and going with teacher machines, evaluating old equipment, more PD.  Oh yes and LUNCH.  A few of my teammates and I visited Carbone's on 38th for lunch yesterday.  I felt like we were in the soup nazi episode of Seinfeld.  Great little sandwich place with a lot of personality.

We are now one week out from starting with students. We are no where near ready!!!!!!!!  I found out one of my classes may come as a group of 40. So now  I need to completely rearrange my room to add 8 more desktops. I'm not so worried about the rearranging as I am about having 40 students to manage.  I will get a para professional with those groups but still.  Wow. 

I am trying to document this journey but as I sit here this morning trying to capture my thoughts, I am overwhelmed.  I cannot put into words my worries, fears and anxiety. This school has been COMPLETELY neglected and ignored for years.  We have such a challenge ahead!

We were doing a Q&A session with the principal and AP yesterday about nuts and bolts items on people's minds.  One question was around district provided snack.  Apparently there is a program but you only qualify if you have a high number of free and reduced students.  We have 98% but apparently we DO NOT qualify HUH???  

Due to neighborhood gang activity the color Red is banned from our wardrobe at any time.  This includes hair ties!  That's great to give a violent group of people so much power.

I know these are not paragraphs nor may they make sense but I need to relieve some of the stress that is turning my stomach inside out.

Supplies- I found some awesome digital cameras that will allow me to use those cool 3x5 hard floppy discs for storage. Now if I can only find the power cords I'll be all set. Ha. We have not ONE updated digital camera to use.

That's my spillage for this morning.

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