Sunday, May 26, 2013

Coming Out of the "Teacher" Closet

It's been a long, long time since I have blogged.  I was so excited to start this blog not too many months back after having fabulous Megan at "I Teach, What's Your SuperPower?" make it all look pretty...I'm big on aesthetics.  I can't lie.  And, I was so excited about leaving my resource job and reentering the classroom again that I had immersed myself in all things fourth grade.  I then realized that I had checked out of my current job, and that wasn't fair to any of my current students.  So, I fell back in love with my current job.

I have known that I was switching positions since November, but the parents were not told until just recently.  So, now I'm all out, have 6 days left (two are half days), and am finalizing grades for this year with sights on moving into my new teaching world.  The reception of this news by my former families and students has been heart-warming, and I feel blessed to try something new.  I taught kindergarten for 6 years before being a resource teacher for 2.  I'm used to having an aide when I am the classroom teacher, so the admin part of the job will be new.  But having students who can read and are more independent will be huge for me!  I cannot tell you how tired of tying shoes I was by the end of my stint in kindergarten!

I also must admit that one of the biggest the reasons I wanted to make the switch is all of you.  In my current job, I am in 2 different classrooms in an inclusion model for 3 hours of my day watching other people teach.  I had just discovered the wonderful world of teachers' blogs and Pinterest (an unhealthy obsession). The ideas that were right at my fingertips...the ideas shared by all of you inspired me to accept yet another challenge to give the students a fun environment in which to learn.  So, thank you for all of your selfless sharing...can't wait to put all the incredible ideas into motion.

Many think I am crazy as I hand over my keys to my gorgeous office for a classroom.  I haven't had a homeroom for 2 years.  I haven't had to deal with parents except minimally for two years.  I have had few papers to grade.  I had a lot of autonomy.  I am giving all of that up to touch so many more children.  I hope I don't get into it and think, "What have I done?" on the second day in.  But, it feels right, so I am jumping in feet first!  Wish me luck....

Happy Memorial Day to all....
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