This year my son started a new school, which included being bused, something he had never done before. After that first day of busing, he declared he did not want to ride the bus anymore. When asked why, he told me because “all the other kids called me The New Kid”…cue the tears. After a moment, we talked about this term- and I explained that in fact, he was “The New Kid”- but that everyone at some point in time is “The New Kid”. Even mommy, was the new kid when I started at CTN last year- I could relate, it is a VERY overwhelming time.

For many of you, you are “The New Kid”- this may be your first year teaching, or maybe you are teaching a different subject or grade, perhaps some of you are stepping into the role as an administrator. Or maybe, you were recently told that your class will get a set of iPads or Chromebooks, maybe your principal wants to increase usage of online resources in the classroom. The concepts and expectations may be new and you may think, you just can’t keep up. Regardless, being “The New Kid” is scary, whether you are 5 or 50, but guess what? We have all been there, and that is a good thing. You should know that there is someone who has been in your shoes, and he or she can be helpful if you just ask.

In fact, myself and my colleague Laura, have been in your shoes, as teachers, trying to keep up with the expectations of administrators, or walking into a classroom to find a SMARTboard over your chalkboard and wondering how to use it. We get it, which is why we are passionate about helping other teachers get over the techy requirements one step at a time. We are willing to work with you, in class modeling how to use EducationCity to teach habitats, or after school, during a PD on reading Mathletics reports to differentiate instruction. Plus, we have taken the time to post lesson ideas on our website, so if you want to use a Learn360 video to flip the classroom, you have a place to get started.

Today, as I dropped my son off to his bus stop, we watched a young girl hesitate getting on the bus, holding tightly to her mother’s arm. As my son approached the bus, he turned to “The New Kid” and told her, it will be all right…it’s really not that scary at all. New teachers, I say to you, reach out to CTN and let’s get started…it’s really not that scary at all.

Submitted by: Angela Russell, Instructional Media Specialist