Change is ...
How would you finish that thought?
There are so many different ways to think about change. Change can be necessary. It can be healthy. Change can be positive or it can be negative. Change can be lonely. It can be a personal choice or a decision that has been made for you. Change impacts our thoughts, our emotions, our present and our future.
It's only been a little over a month. Five and a half weeks. Forty-two days to be exact.
All that time in a new school in a new role. Learning quickly that a new school means new rules. I'm learning all about the school's culture, new administration, new expectations, new colleagues' and teachers' names, new personalities, and new students. All new students.
Time spent building trust, rapport, and relationships. Differentiating for teachers and teams. Being responsive to the needs, questions, concerns. Jumping in to help. Being available for a meeting, discussing assessments, modeling, planning a lesson, sharing a book.
Setting high expectations for myself. I'm not trying to fill anyone's shoes, but rather "own" my new shoes in this new role in a new school.
Smiling. Some moments that's all I feel I can offer.
Only one month in ... Some days I feel like I'm making a home for myself and some days I still feel like a visitor.
Change takes time. It isn't (always) supposed to be easy. This change is stretching me and expecting me to grow.
Change is ... go on. Finish that thought.