Okay, let me start off by saying that I know this time of year is super busy for administrators and teachers. Lots of meetings, things pop up, things are delayed, but. . .I have an odd feeling about my new school district. I'm a first year teacher (Secondary English - working in a middle school). I was officially hired July 5th. My principal was on vacation until the 12th of July. I emailed her (and the school's education coordinator and the other 8th grade ELA teacher) on July 15th. I wanted to know if I could drop by the school (which is 30-40 minutes from me) to pick up any materials (textbooks, handbooks) and to see my classroom. I got a reply back on the 22nd from the E.C. saying I could come by today (the 25th) and they would have everything for me. Well, I got to the school to find that a group of workers has just started remodeling the classrooms at the school. I found the principal, vice-principal, and education coordinator in an office. They were working on schedules and seemed shocked to see me. The education coordinator took me to my classroom. My classroom is attached to the SPED class (a door connects us) It was once the "relax" room for the SPED class and last year it was used as the gifted classroom. It is a VERY small room and it was FULL of boxes and sofas. The room had chalkboards and no smart boards or technology of any kind. I asked and was told that "getting smart boards or something similar is top concern. The principal asked about getting that on Friday (the 22nd). We should have something for you before the end of September." Not the best news, but I tried to be cool. I asked when I could get a key for the classroom. The education coordinator smiled: "Well, the gifted teacher is moving to another class. And that teacher is leaving. There is a lot of stuff in here. . .probably on the 8th or 9th?" I nodded, school starts on the 11th. The education coordinator took me back to the main office and explained that they were doing on their lessons online now. But, they wouldn't have the materials in until August 29th or so. So, I'd have to come up with a two week unit plan for my classes. I suggested doing some review - reading biographies and autobiographies and then having the students write their own and share them. Followed by a mini unit on The Hero's Journey. (Easy and enjoyable.) She turned that down quickly and told me to use some lessons from a website - iReady Teacher Toolbox. Okay, I can do that. She also told that me that I would be required to do at least two lessons a week from another educational website. I asked about materials and they happily gave me some books - The Leader in Me, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, LEAD Field Guide: Launching Leadership, and Lead: Powered by the 7 Habits (a notebook for students and a teacher edition for me. The teacher edition has 40 lessons that I'm required to do daily.) As it turns out, the school district is in the Leader in Me Program and this school is super serious about the program. I was told that I would have to use 15 to 30 minutes of my class periods doing this lessons. That just seems like a waste of time. After this, the educator coordinator told me that I would have 2 classes of ELA, both 8th grade. Each class would be blocked - so 2 class periods. She advised me to keep free/silent reading to "no more than 5 minutes" and that my BellRinger shouldn't be "grammar", but something larger. Because, the children would learn grammar as they write. She also told me I would have two "Enrichment" classes, which would be the children doing online work on a test prep website. She told me "not to worry about those two classes". I always thought enrichment classes were used to support personal, social and academic growth and/or be used for students to study. Maybe it is because I got all this information in a hour, but this just seems weird. Do schools often wait so long to put in orders for new things? Do school districts often take this long to get materials? Some friends - also new teachers in other school districts - already have new technology, are in their classrooms, and are planning lessons with their materials (the same materials from the state that we are using. Why are our materials late?). Why am I getting the small classroom attached to the SPED room? (Seriously, the school hired (including myself) seven new teachers and I get the one classroom with no technology, that is attached to another room and used to be used for storage.) It is seriously small, people. No way I am fitting 30 students in there. I'm just a bit disappointed in the fact that they (seemingly) have nothing ready for me, but have everything more or less ready for the other new teachers. (I say that, because they kept saying: "Only you need the technology." and "It's just you who needs the other teacher out. Everyone else has come and set up.") Was I supposed to contact them earlier? They were on vacation or didn't reply. Should I have just gone to the school? At least no one else has the new materials and everyone else will be wondering what to do for two weeks.