Thursday, August 6, 2015

Things are looking up!

I do believe I have mentioned here on the ole blog that in June my would-be 3rd grade partner let me know she was not coming back. I don't blame her at all as she is having her first baby and her family is very close--I could never envision her as someone who would be happy to leave her baby at daycare. And in this day and age, if you can afford to be a stay-at-home-parent, then by all means do what you need to do!

Alas, that also meant some uncertainty in terms of how things were going to shake down with my move to 3rd grade. I never for a second considered volunteering to go back to 4th...not happening. But I have worried...what if we had a situation where my new partner wasn't strong? What if we didn't get along? (Probably don't have to tell you I'm quite opinionated and not everyone can handle that!)

Well I discovered this week who my new 3rd grade colleague is....and I think that maybe God decided to show me some mercy after the 2nd worst year of my career. My new grade level partner was my reading coach at the school I taught at before I transferred to my current one six years ago :) This is good for two reasons: she already knows me and knows I'm a sarcastic, spontaneous bundle of bossy energy and we have worked on projects together before and were able to collaborate and support each other. I know it has been years since she has been a classroom teacher since she's been a literacy coach....but this hopefully means she'll be down with some collaboration and I can have a real team again. (What.A.Concept!)

Plus...she lets me call her shorty and doesn't get mad at me :) (She's seriously short....like 5 feet. Guarantee some of our 4th/5th grade students are taller than she is.)

I can't say how terribly excited I am to know that my partner is someone I know and know that I can work with. We worked on a huge literacy project together the last year I was in my old building...by far the worst year of my teaching life. And she was one of the few people who supported me when things were really tough and tried to help me as much as she could. So I am excited to see where this year takes us.


And my kitty who was missing for nearly two weeks found her way home yesterday! :) She is much skinnier than she was when she got out of the house but she's back safe and sound and seems quite sure she doesn't want to be outside ever again. Things can continue in this happy vein for a long, long time. I'd be good with that.

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