Isn't it funny how, as adults, we get called into the principal's office and we kind of get weak-kneed one wonder if we're in trouble? (C'mon, it can't just be me!)
Today I went to Mr. Principal's office to ask him about something and he said "well I needed to talk with you, have a seat". Instantly I wondered if I had made some faux pas (because that's kind of normal for me -- I'm a bit of a rebel if you haven't picked up on that).
Anyway the news was good at least. Mr. Principal asked me if I would consider a grade level change for next year and I very happily accepted. (It's pretty awesome to be ASKED, can't say that has ever happened before....because it hasn't.) I will be teaching 3rd grade next year. :) I am STOKED about it because while I love 4th grade, I'm ready for a change.
I am also heading back to my old room that I had when I taught 2nd grade. I miss that room for so many reasons. And let me tell you....since that room was mine, 3 other people have been in there and they just haven't decorated it correctly! :) I love that room because it faces the north end of our school so we don't get blasted with the sun in our eyes and I can keep the shade up and still be able to use my ELMO. (Not possible in my current room.)
I am super happy and grateful. As much as I craved stability and didn't want to get shuffled around, there are other circumstances at play that have made it so I would prefer to switch grades. I'm very grateful that I can do that but remain in my building because my heart really does belong to this school. The only downside is that I will probably never see my 5th grade colleagues ever again except at staff meetings. Our schedules are so crazy that it is really difficult to connect with our other colleagues from other floors.
Alas, it is what it is and I may just have to make a field trip up the stairs a few times to say hello to my old pals. I'm so, so incredibly blessed to be able to make this switch and be happy about it. I do believe being asked my opinion about it is a huge part of it. Usually I just get told what to do. I feel respected being given a say in the matter.
It feels kind of weird to know this early what I'll be doing next year but I'm excited about it. I am going to plan a day to watch my 2nd floor colleagues do their rotation schedules since they have it all worked out in a crazy but efficient way. Somehow I have always missed 3rd grade in the grand scheme of things....I have had everything else 2nd-6th except 3rd. It's really a good fit because I know where they are coming from and what they need to be ready to do when they leave me.