It's been a tough couple of weeks: getting displaced and then taking time away from my day to interview for positions only to be told that I didn't get a position. Those sort of things can make it be very tough to be positive and keep smiling.
Alas, it isn't my students' fault and thus, I am determined that no matter how upset or angry I am inside, I won't show it to them. I did tell my class that I didn't know if I would be at our school next year. They understand that a lot of teachers got moved because other schools are closing and some are being reopened (and sadly, they know the drill because they see this happen all the time). I have simply told them that I don't know yet if I will stay at our school because they might need me to work at another school to help them improve their math scores (not really the truth but also not really a lie either--the more I think on it, the more I wonder if I am being more or less put on a path to be in a school that needs a strong data person who can help kids make the gains I've helped my kids make).
I thumbed my nose at their decision and reapplied for the same job at my school anyway as well as the new third grade one that is posted. It doesn't mean they'll interview me again but I am going to try anyway. I'm never one to sit down and just let someone walk all over me.
This afternoon, my class and I walked three blocks down to Dairy Queen after lunch. Two moms of my 5th graders joined us. Both told me that they wished I would follow their girls to the 6-12 building they are going to next year. ♥ That made me feel really good....clearly someone knows I am doing a good job. And this was two separate moms, not talking together about it. So sweet. A third mom met us back at the school afterward and said pretty much the same thing. That, in and of itself, made this whole week bareable. My students love me and keep asking me if I DO have the 5th grade at our school, if they can be in my class again and their parents want me to follow them to secondary school (which is a possibility because I can teach K-8th grade).
I don't know what will happen but I do know that I am feeling okay with things. God is guiding my path and I just have to be patient enough to settle in for the trip.