Often at this time of year teachers focus on setting expectations, guidelines and procedures in their classrooms. Not to mention, iron out all the little administrative details that come with starting off a new year.
One administrative practice that is often done, is that of transition meetings. A meeting between the previous years teachers, and the student’s current or upcoming teachers. This meeting can take place in June, or in late August prior to the start of the year. This year however, I was not involved in one transition meeting. Let me tell you why I am excited about this fact.
This week I met my new students. 97 individual 12-14 year olds thrust together (with great care) into three very unique and special classroom communities with only one common factor, me.
Because I have had no transition meetings this year, I was able to meet these kids, and get a “real” first impression. I had no thoughts, prejudices, or assumptions leading into our first encounter.
This is more valuable to me than a meeting meant to warn me of upcoming problems, given by a fatigued teacher at the end of a hectic ten month school year.
I understand that certain information, such as IPPs, and other accommodations, must be passed on between colleagues. But I must say, I am so thankful that this year I am able to get to know my students for who they are, not what they were.