Yes, I am new to the school and new to the state, but since I am the person in the department with the most teaching experience and the only one with experience leading a department, I decided to accept the role.
I have done it before at a small school, but this is out of my comfort zone for a few reasons.
- I don't really know the curriculum. At this point, I don't even know what is the unit after the next unit in each of my preps, let alone what the other grades are supposed to be teaching. I am gaining a general idea, but still need to learn the basics and then delve into the details.
- I don't really know yet the way the people in the department teach or how they will take not only my suggestions but my sarcasm and dry wit when talking about what could be done.
- I don't yet know what the duties are of my position. We are going to have a department leader retreat at the start of November when more information will be given about the position.
- We have already picked a focus for our department and I am already trying to help the other members figure out ways to help our students make gains.
So, it is in a way out of my comfort zone, but still something I feel comfortable doing. I just have to get to know the people and have them get to know me so that they understand when I am being sarcastic, goofy, serious, and what not.
This is my five minute post for Stream of Consciousness Sunday. I link up with Jana's Thinking Place. Today's prompt: What have you done recently or would like to do that's outside your comfort zone? You can visit her site to see others who link up and link up yourself if you like. It is easy - five minutes of free writing on the given prompt (or whatever is on your mind), link up, read others' posts.