Monday, August 20, 2007

What if I..

Today was the first day of school for the 7th graders in my school district. That means it was the first day back to work for me. But it was back to same school, new job that I am not totally sure what the job description is. I am told that the bosses are still figuring out what my job entails. So I could empathize with my 7th grader today. What if I don't know how to.....? What if I do .... wrong? What if...? And when I got up this morning I felt just like I did at the beginning of 7th grade, all those many years ago and I just wanted to hit the snooze button and pull the covers over my head.

I got to school and the halls were a bit empty, but that was to be expected since only the 7th graders were there. There were new teachers and many of the old teachers were in different rooms. How would I ever find the classrooms? I took a quick tour of the school and tried to meet some of the new teachers. I saw many old familiar faces and was greeted warmly. I found that helping students open their lockers and guide them to classrooms was really not that hard. Of course, this is not what I will always be doing, but for the first week it will do.

The man whose job I took was amazing. He had been at the school for 16 years and who knows how many principals. He could do a lot of things, fixing the copy machines and taking care of the laminating machine. Speaking of the laminating machine- I don't know how to change the laminating film. Guess what needed changed today? One of the teachers changed the top roll of film in the morning. Then in the afternoon, the bottom roll ran out. So Lindsey and her student teachers and I went down to see if we could figure it out. All I have to say is when it needs changed again, I am totally going to get Lindsey from her room to come help me. She figured it out and had it working in no time at all. Way to go Lindsey!!!

3 comments:

sharon said...

good luck on your job...I have always thought that "Our Office Copier 101" should be a tutorial you get at the start of every job!

tawnya said...

When I started in Portland, I had to change the laminator film once. And then it broke. It wasn't me, but it was mighty convenient since I didn't plan on EVER doing that again. I love the things I delegated to my student workers. Copier fixing. Changing toners...

Sandra said...

When I was in college getting my education degree, I had to take a class on this type of thing. But of course it that was 2 years ago and we didn't learn laminating machines. They were considered too expensive to let the teachers do them. I learned how to do lamination using a flat iron. I can thread a film projector, film strip projector, make overhead transparencies from magazine pages, develope my own film, change toners in priners, faxes, typewriters........... But the one thing I needed, we didn't learn. But now I know it as well.