The Casting Dock

life on the job

+ finding purpose and value in what I do
- the 5:30am wake-up call
+ watching little bitty red-headed boys “get” school and begin to “own” their role as students
+/- tackling gossip and making fun with pre-teens
- feeling exhausted by the end of the day…
+ yet feeling equally energized
+ observing school dynamics and getting a pulse on the culture
+ providing a place for kids to feel heard, valued, and understood
- not yet being self-sufficient, meaning: having to rely on SO many other people to answer all my new-person questions
+ working VERY closely with a principal whom I love
+ actually exerting mental energy on the job, novel concept…
+ enjoying kids’ inadvertant humor…
- learning 600 new names and faces plus an entirely new school system/individual school protocol in the middle of the year
+ casual Fridays (ie. wearning my baseball shirt and jeans on the Red Sox opening day….TODAY!)
+ having the freedom and flexibility to create and implement a variety of lessons, groups, etc. to meet kids’ needs

2 comments

1 Noche { 04.08.11 at 10:40 pm }

It all comes down to more + than – ‘s . You’re job is a keeper. They are lucky to have you. You want to perfect the fish face because…..

2 Jer { 04.12.11 at 7:21 pm }

Yeah, that fish face sucks. But it’s probably to my benefit that you don’t look like a fish.

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