Almost 3 weeks of high school under my belt, and I have learned two things; first, that students are students whatever their age. They all want help, independence, acknowledgement, encouragement,and acceptance! They love a space that makes them feel welcome and that gives them a sense of ownership.
Second, there are many, many things I DON'T know about high school idiosyncrasies! At the end of each day, I mentally tally up what I have accomplished versus what confounded me, on a good day it is a tie. It does make me appreciate what it feels like to be a new (student) in a new school. Everything is done slightly differently, teachers want things done in a certain way that is not the way I learned, who is willing to be friendly and make me feel comfortable?
Happily, I say that I embrace change, and so I am changing, with a smile on my face. Everyday I know the names of more students, I find one more thing I have been looking for, and I make another connection with a teacher. Change is hard, but it is good -- I am definitely learning more than teaching right now!
Here's hoping that your school year is also off to a great start!