Thursday, September 25, 2014

Changes

We all knew it was coming and honestly we had hoped it was coming SOONER but it didn't. It will happen on Monday.

Our 3rd fourth grade class is being dissolved...we knew it was going to happen because there was just no way they could justify me having only 16 kids. It has been absolutely awesome, but I knew it would never stay that way. Alas, it isn't as bad as it could be. I am not losing any of my current students. I will just gain some from the other class. I got a new friend this week putting me at 17 so now I'll get 6 kids from the dissolving class and we'll be at 23. Still a very good and manageable class size so I can't complain (and I won't -- it could be so much worse).

I feel sad for my 4th grade colleague though. She has admitted she felt lost with us because she has taught middle school so long, but we accepted her and tried our best to help her make due. She is being moved to kindergarten. I would cry if that was me. I'm sure I could handle it and be fine...but it's not where I would ever feel safe, comfortable or secure as a teacher. I tried to catch up with her after school yesterday just to say that I was sorry that she was being moved to another school and going down to kinder but she wasn't in her room. It's probably for the best....awkward conversation almost guaranteed.

Knowing yesterday that the change was coming and that I wasn't going to be at school today due to an appointment, we had the students help us quickly rearrange the furniture in our class to accommodate the new students. I had only set up for 22 students since I was slated to have 21  at the start of the year and then we lost a bunch to other schools or districts (housing is unreal in our school's neighborhood due to the expansion of the college 3 blocks away and thus our families can't afford to live there anymore). I had to get rid of my Double E which is kind of a bummer but it's okay. We had enough space to keep our carpet area and now we have four groups instead. It's how I had my room all year last year -- four groups of 6 and it worked out just fine. 

I'm very, very glad we do not have MEAP in the fall this year because I would be scared of what the testing environment would be like. It's too much change and transition for the kids to turn around and expect them to take a huge test. It'll be a transition for everyone but in a few weeks, things will be settled again and we'll be okay.

Tomorrow is only a half day with students and then we have PD and time to work on student data in the afternoon. I need to get data on the new friends I have coming to me so I can adequately make new groups so my students are challenged but not floundering. It's going to be a very busy and insane day tomorrow, I think.

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  1. Wow. I can't imagine going from 4th to Kinder. That will be rough. You have such a good attitude about the change and getting more kids. The beginning of the year is so hard. This is the first week that my class has stayed the same without anyone moving in or moving out. I still have 20 but my class is the smallest by a few (which doesn't make sense) so I am sure I will get the next few move ins.

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    1. Yes, it is really hard to make these transitions. It has happened to me in some way all 5 of the years I have been at this school. It's crazy. Thankfully, the kids are VERY resilient and we'll all be just fine....the adjustment at the time can be tough though.

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  2. Awww...I know how excited you were with a small class-but at least it didn't turn out to be a huge class and you can still keep your kids! That stinks for the other teacher-I can't imagine what it would be like to have to switch grades, rooms and schools only a few weeks into the year! Good luck!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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