This year I started a new job in a new district. I’d worked in my old district in several capacities for nearly 20 years. I knew the staff, they knew me. They knew I was always eager to share a new technology tool, knew I was some what of a Discovery Fanatic, knew that if they needed a website for a specific skill, I could find it. With the new job I barely knew the staff in my own building, they knew very little about me. I did not want to start off on the wrong foot and did not want my enthusiasm for technology (and Discovery) to alienate people. I was reluctant to send out links and suggest web tools the way I normally would.
The year is almost over now and I’ve gotten to know the staff in my building and they me. The science teachers are now aware of the districts Discovery Science subscription and a couple social studies teachers are trying out the new Techbook. Best of all, one of the science teachers is joining me at the New England Day of Discovery tomorrow! I’m sure she’ll leave the event with a better understanding of what Discovery and the DEN have to offer and will help me increase the use of Discovery our building. Maybe we’ll have a new DEN Star soon! Its been a challenge, teaching a new class in a new district and I’ve probably learned more than I taught. This year is not quite over – but I’m looking forward to next year already.