As lots of you know, I am at a new school (loving it) this year. All the teachers on my grade level team are new to the district. There's me, 8 years in; another teacher (let's say teacher 2) who has been retired for five years and is now back in; and a former sped teacher (let's say teacher 3) who has been teaching for 15 years but this is her first year in a regular ed classroom. We have no classroom curriculum. My new school is big on creating your own, which I think gives way to a lot of freedom; however, when you're new to that grade level, not so much. Me: I'm very overwhelmed and tired. I don't mind planning with everyone and using the same resources. I feel like it makes us a little easier on us, but we can still kind of do our own thing. Teacher 2: Is very overwhelmed and tired as well. She's been retired for five years, and lots has changed even in that short amount of time. This district is big on collecting and analyzing data with a testing company that supplies weekly formative and quarterly summatives. I did this at my last district, she has never dealt with it. When this starts, next week, she's going to be even more overwhelmed. I'm dreading it, and I've done it before. Teacher 3: Says things are going great and is completely doing her own thing. Teacher 2 and I spent almost 3 hours planning last Friday after school (not my idea). She spent 2 hours whining about how overwhelmed and tired she was. I am too, but I wanted to get it taken care of so that I could go home!!!!!! So, we rough planned. I made copies for the first two days of the week. We were going to ask if teacher 3 wanted to join, but she said she already had her plans made. Fine, totally don't blame her. If I had my plans made, I would have been leaving, too. Teacher 2 was supposed to make copies for two days of the week (last week) but she didn't. She did something completely different than what we had planned. Again, fine, whatever works for her. However, I kind of feel like it was a waste of my time to make copies for her as well as myself. Thursday, I had my plans done. Teacher 3 had hers done, doing something completely different and not too willing to share, but whatever. I told teacher 2 I would give her a copy of my plans and she could use them if she wanted. She started telling me how she would take whatever she could get, how tired she was, how overwhelmed, etc. So, teacher 3 appears to be doing good. I'm happy for her. I'd like for her to share what she does to make things go so well, but whatever. Me: Struggling but sucking it up and moving forward. Trying to help and make copies of Saxon worksheets for the three of us. Had some bawling meltdowns, think ugly cry kind of meltdowns, but I know I'm in a good place and I'm trying to focus on that. Teacher 2: Struggling as well. I mean, she's been retired for five years. Before she retired, she was in a resource room setting. She looked like she was about to cry yesterday when she left. I feel like I should be doing more to help her, but I can't stay 3 hours late every Friday. I can't spend time making copies of things she's not going to use. Weird side note about teacher 2. She's told me and teacher 3 how she is used to running things and being the boss. IDK if she's irritated because teacher 3 is going her own thing and I'm kind of planning for us because I don't have time to sit around and whine about it or what. The district gives grade levels a little time to visit and plan. This starts next week...it'll be interesting to see how things go down.