Today was the first day of school and my first year without a classroom of my own. While I didn’t have all the usual tasks of finding my students, welcoming them and starting the year’s routines, I was certainly busy.
What I learned today is that to get the year started in a school takes flexibility, spontaneity, positivity and a never ending supply of smiles. I noticed throughout the building that there is no such thing as a job description. Everyone just jumps in, and does what needs to be done for kids and families.
These jobs may include, but are certainly not limited to
- tracking down an older sibling to comfort the child in grade one who you’re pretty sure doesn’t have a stomach ache
- washing and bandaging stinging knees from a fall on the way to school
- pointing anxious children towards their eagerly awaiting teachers
- calling parents to announce a first week performance at CBE System Opening
- helping call to check on absent students
Lisa Schoeler (@GWSchoeler) is a Learning Leader at Guy Weadick School. Teaching, Reading, Writing, Exploring, Technology, Horses, Chihuahuas