an awkward and necessary honesty moment:
Going from an old position to a new one can be hard, even if it’s for all the right reasons.
It means coming from a place, even if you didn’t realize it, where you were knowledgeable about the work you’d been doing — and ending in a place where even if it’s a familiar field, things may be confusing.
You may feel less capable.
You may feel overwhelmed.
You may feel like less of a whatever-your-job-may-be.
You may be going from feeling competent, maybe even feeling like one of the experts in even one particular thing, to feeling like you just aren’t very good at your job at all.
You’re learning. You’re new. You may be in a new place with new people, and even if you’re doing the same sort of job you may have a whole new crop of kids and families (and even coworkers) who have a whole new set of needs and strengths.
If you’re moving from one position to the next and you’re feeling down on yourself, remember: this is a change. You’re good at what you do. You may have felt really good about your work at your last position, but did you go in that way? You felt good about your work because of all the time you had there, even if it was just a semester for some of you student teachers out there, to get better at it. And by the time you’ve been at the place you are now that same amount of time, you’ll feel capable with what you’re doing now, too.
You’re learning. Nobody starts out an expect. Most people don’t start out spectacular. In fact, I’d even hazard a guess that for many of us starting something new, we start by feeling like we’re fumbling through and tripping on our own two feet.
But you’ll get there. Give yourself time.