I'm an over-thinker.
I used to be an anxious worrier. Now I'm an over-thinker, which may just be a nicer way of labeling myself, but that's beside the point. The point is: I over-think things.
I found myself guilty this week of over-thinking about how I will manage and reward my future 7th Graders. I reached out to my future teammate and even to my future principal, and I asked for honest feedback on my ideas, which I fleshed out in a lengthy email. The end result was receiving feedback (which I greatly appreciated) and realizing that I was over-thinking. I had turned students into lions and was reinventing how to tame them. How ridiculous.
I like to draw a blueprint of my classroom and play around with the layout of furniture and whatnot. This usually helps me when the school year starts because I already have in my mind what the room looks like before I even set foot back in it. Since I'm moving to a new building and to a new learning space, I can only use some shapes on a building map to sketch my blueprint, and as I was attempting to play architect this week, I had to stop myself. I have no idea what my future classroom actually looks like. I don't know its dimensions, its nooks and crannies, or even where the bulletin boards are placed. I was over-thinking. Again.
All of this over-thinking, though, has allowed me to open my mind up to the things that I will undoubtedly need to unlearn. That's right. Unlearn. I've known an elementary-style of classroom management and set-up for 16 years. And although some of my knowledge will transfer to the new setting, I have to be open to unlearning what will not serve me and my students. I plan to rely on my teammates to show and explain what works and what doesn't, because the process of unlearning old things is just as important as learning new things.
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