31 July 2006

Mixed Bag

There is quite the diversity of new-to-the-profession hires this year, considering that there are only five of them. My task is to plan a day of "induction training" for them that we will have in about three weeks. I'm a bit perplexed on how to accomplish this and make it meaningful to everyone when...
  • three will have SPED jobs---two of which are in self-contained classrooms for students who have significant needs
  • two are former paraeducators with lots of classroom experience
  • one who will be teaching a career oriented track to small groups of students
  • four are housed at the same school; the other is an elementary teacher
In other words, only one of the five will be in a typical classroom. At this point, I'm thinking that it might be most useful to set the SPEDs up with someone in our Special Services department to get into the nitty gritty of the things they really need to know. That leaves me with the two "regular" track teachers---and perhaps it might be good for us to just meet at school, work on setting up their classrooms and use that as a basis for talking about classroom expectations and so on.

I know that every classroom role is different, so I did expect a mixed bag of newbies...but maybe not quite this sort of disparity. I'm hoping that I'll be able to find a way to make some magic happen...find some common ground for us to share that day. Right now, it's hard for me to find that for them.

1 comment:

Ryan said...

Are you focused strictly on the classroom aspect? The one thing that almost every new teacher comes up to me with questions about is just how to read their paycheck. They understand the big number at the top, but aren't sure what all the deductions mean.

(heck, I'm five years in, and I'm still not sure)