Summer was different this year. Renay was working on an early draft of her Master’s Project so we did not publish anything this summer, and while Renay was at a digital conference, she did not present this year. There is always next year.
While we were working though, things in education kept moving on. There seems to be a shortage of paraeducators and special education teachers, no matter who we have a conversation with.
The more things change…
Renay changed jobs again. Such is the life that occurs in education. Renay is working with an entirely new team and though the school year has begun in earnest, there is still a different rhythm that needs to be built with a brand-new year and a brand-new team in a brand new school district.
How to get on board
- Be genuine with your thanks: Specific honest praise will go far not only with the students but with a large team of adults.
- Be able to take feedback
- Be able to give criticism in a professional manner
- Celebrate being together.
Knowing how things work and who to ask is always primary of any organization. Certainly, there are things that the school principal is responsible for, but knowing who to ask and not just running around asking the same person for all the questions is important. A new year has more questions than answers and those answers are important.
Where are we heading?
This academic year is perhaps a first if not a second for Renay. Regular readers perhaps have noticed the changes that this blog has experienced in themes over the last few years and not just because of COVID. We continue to respond to what we see and hear from our followers. We thank all our readers and hope to continue to make a difference for all the paraeducators out there.
We have always started and ended our year reminding our original status, and this has reset all our lenses that have many other pressures.
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