When I was told that I was moving to my New School this year, I swore to myself that I was going lay low and not get too involved in case I plan to transfer next year. I didn't want to get involved in the politics of being in charge at my new school and since I used to be in charge at my old school, I thought it would be a nice break.
My grand plan didn't even last into the first day of school - I was "nominated" to be the 7th grade Language Arts PLC "Lead" at the pre-school conference I attended. I begrudgingly said I would do it, but I have been regretting my decision ever since. There are two teachers on my team of six that were teachers at my new school last year. Neither one of them has stepped up to do anything with our PLC Team, but they are the ones that like to try and run everything we do. (Which isn't very PLC-ish, in my opinion. Giving someone a map and telling them to stick to it because we're not doing any other items for a common assessment isn't very PLC.)
Tomorrow afternoon is my PLC Team Meeting - something that I'm not looking forward to. I'm going to breach the subject of choosing our top Essential Standards and creating a new pacing guide, different than the one they already use. I'm not sure how well it's going to go over and I *hate* being the forceful one without any backup. Also, neither one of them bothered to add the dates to their calendar, which doesn't give me hope that they are going to be open to much of anything.
Plus, the main reason why I'm pushing for the map change is that this current map and current way of doing things at my school - it's NOT WORKING for our kids. I have an entire BB/Low Basic group and they are NOT getting it right away.
We'll see what happens.... Wish me luck people!
(Tomorrow, I'll share my NEW Lesson Plan template I created after I was inspired by the AWESOME work over at A Teacher's Plan. GO! Visit! Quick!!)