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I've been in a lot of buildings in my career and I'm always fascinated by the unwritten rules in buildings. Some are easy to spot and some are much harder. Some buildings are quite forgiving if you "break" these rules and some not so much.

This is my 2nd building this year and both have had a ton of unwritten rules. My last building, that I was in for 7 years didn't have a lot (that I felt, but I was there a long time so I may have just gotten used to them).

It's quite an adjustment. And coming in late I'm having a hard time figuring out what these rules are.

Just kind of thinking out loud.


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I was just thinking this. I'm also at a new school and there's so much that you don't even notice or think about until you're in it. Like, do you open up the specialists doors or do they send the kids out when it's time for pick up? Can you casually talk to the principal in the hallway or is that a no? Who's door can you knock on during prep if you have questions? Is it rude to wait for the copier?


It's crazy trying to start at a new school. Mentors should definitely be a thing for those new to s school, just for those types of questions. Wishing you luck at your new school!
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Just wondering if there is another special ed. teacher at or near the levels you work with who might share their knowledge of the ropes? If you were a brand-new teacher in our building, which you're not, you would be assigned a mentor who could help. The principal should have asked someone to be a "buddy" so you could get the lay of the land more easily.
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I started at a new school last year and one of my teacher friends warned me, "Going to a new building is like going to a new planet."

And it is! The adjustment's been really hard. I do things without knowing they're "bad." For example, my kids were lining up for lunch the wrong way -- apparently there are unwritten rules about lining up and no one told me what they were. So we just lined up the way I did it in my old school, until a teacher got mad and yelled at me for lining up. Like, she actually yelled at me.

Second year has been better. But I still feel like I struggle.

I hope you figure it out, GG! And I hope that when you inevitably do break a rule, that they're nice to you about it.
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So we just lined up the way I did it in my old school, until a teacher got mad and yelled at me for lining up. Like, she actually yelled at me.
Yelling at a staff member in front of students seems like a much more serious breech of procedure than lining your class up a little differently.

One of ours is 'don't send your students outside to play in the snow'. It NEVER snows where I live, so when it did (and I was in my first year of teaching) I naively took my students outside to experience it. P wasn't impressed. I don't really regret it though, the kids had a ton of fun


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One year we decided to try to make a “things we forget to tell people” book for new teachers.
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do you feel comfortable asking someone--after explaining what you mean (about unwritten rules)? must be tough--good luck!


one year we had a large amount of new staff and our P asked us to share unwritten rules, as well as just "common information" that wouldn't be so common for newbies. soooo many of us mentioned that the P would eat your food/drink. I noted that he would drink it even if you had your name on it!
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I hear you on this one! I started a new job this year and there are so many unwritten rules that I'm trying to learn.
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