Fancy that, a best-teaching practices workshop day that actually is run on the model of best teaching practices! I appreciated the breaks and the switching up activities. I grumbled at the icebreakers and think-pair-shares, although if you are going to inflict these on your classes, then you should be forced to undergo them yourself. Orientating will continue apace.
I have met people! They seem nice!! I hope this all works out well. I am noticing that is not exactly normal or common to have moved all the way across the country for a job and then back across the country again --- in fact, at a community college, lots of the people are locals and have been working in some sort of industry or profession for many years and are just now moving into teaching. That means a lot of these people have never really been away from The Hot Place. And a lot of the other people did the normal thing of, get a master's, adjunct for a year or so while applying to a few places, then get a job. I am so confused by the idea that this actually exists for some people. They are, I suppose, equally confused by me --- especially since even those people who had tough job markets have some sort of local connection to the area. Hmm. I guess I'd have some reason to feel like the odd one out even if I wasn't the lone singleton transplant.
Ok I should probably go ponder my syllabi or do some of these things on my school to-do list now.