Navigating a New School as an SLP- What to do First



I am embarking on a new journey.  At least it feels like that!  I am leaving the comfort of a school that I have been a part of for ten years and going to another school in my same district.  With this change comes some anxiety.  I have to meet a new staff and get to know all new students.  I also have to figure out the culture of the school.  But first, I have to find my room!



This is the first of a series that I am going to do that will chronicle my navigation to a new school and caseload.  This will be helpful for new grads venturing into their first job as well as seasoned veterans that may be switching things up a bit.

I found out on the last day of the school year (June) that I was going to be moved this year.  This left me with little time to say any goodbyes.  I feel like there is a lot still unsaid to both students and staff.  I have decided to write a little note to my previous students wishing them well for the new year, and letting them know that I think they will love the next person coming in- I did mentor her after all! :)
I was invited to the principal's house at my old school after our first official day back for a bbq to be able to say goodbye to everyone.  I think it is good to get some closure and to maintain contact with all of the staff that I had great relationships with for the last ten years.

So, what to do now, you ask?  Here is a list of things to do before you even see your new room.
1.  Make Contact- This summer I made contact with my new principal to introduce myself by email.  I left my cell phone number in the email, and let her know I would be excited to talk with her before the school year starts.  She called me over the summer, and we had a good chat.  I told her that I was excited about my new adventure.

2.  Find the New School- This may seem like a no-brainer, but figure out where your new school is so that you know where you are going!  Best to not be late when you set up a time to meet.

3.  Set Up a Time to Meet- It is two weeks before my official first day back (three weeks until students start) and I contacted my new principal to set up a time to meet her and get a tour of the school.  I was able to meet the secretary and principal and get a glimpse of my new room.  While I was there, we even met about a new student I am receiving from out of state.

4.  Shop For Supplies- Ok, so this one isn't really necessary at this point, but who can resist the great sales right now? 50 cents for a 24 pack of Crayolas?  That's awesome!  I like to grab all of my basic speech room supplies now before they get too picked over.  So far I have my crayons, markers, glue sticks, pencils, pens, sharpies, and these really cute crayon boxes that I'm not quite sure what I am going to do with yet, but were too cute to pass up!

Next week I will be moving my things into my new room.  I'll get a picture to share with you, and also let you know what I do when I move into new digs.




2 comments:

  1. These are some really interesting tips for new teachers or the ones looking for new jobs. Will surely share this with some teachers I know. Great work!

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