This year I also have my first student teacher (or TC - Teacher candidate) and will be going 1:1 with chromebooks. Very exciting!
Today was filled with a lot of admin that will hopefully help the school run smoothly. One thing that I have noticed is the presence of 'checklists'. There are now checklists for classroom environments, marking books, planning, observations etc. Normally I would shake my head and feel overwhelmed, but as a year of 'first's' I am going to be open to change.
I hope I can keep on top of these checklists, which will make them less of a burden and lighten the workload. Of course, marking will be slightly different for me as my learners will be going digital this year.
Another point I noted was the importance of tracking RTC's and the appraisal system. Last year I took in examples of work to share during my appraisal. This was awesome an allowed the conversation to be less...formal and instead 'informative'. It made the appraisal process enjoyable and as a result I felt valued. This is where we are hoping to head to this year, so it looks like the checklists might become my new best buddies.