Thursday, May 18, 2017

Next Year Changes

It has been a long month (30 days exactly!) from my interviews to finding out today where and what I will be teaching this fall.

I am beyond excited and pleased to announce that I will be teaching 4th/5th grade again next year but in a new school building. Anyone who knows me knows how much my current school means to me. I went to school there, student taught there and have spent more than half of my career there (7 of my 11 years). Alas, I have been increasingly unhappy and restless and this year I decided to just put my money where my mouth is and see what else is out there.

This 4th/5th position was my first choice and I am honored that the principal felt like I was a good match for her school. I felt such a connection with her during my interview but didn't want to count my chickens until they were hatching so I have been on pins and needles for weeks waiting to officially find out. 

It hasn't been easy to wait. I am not the most patient person in the world as it is. Alas, it's finally out there. It won't be an easy end of the year. First of all, the kids at my school have my heart and they know it...it will be difficult to tell them. It will also be SO WEIRD to pack up my things and know I won't be returning to this particular building again as a classroom teacher (I will be there a few times next year as I am using the site for my dissertation but it won't be the same). 


The positives of the move:
  • I get to go back to my most favorite grade ever: 4th grade
  • I will have 1:1 iPads which is beyond amazing
  • I will have a classroom that does not have any "shared" space (meaning four corners and a door that when it is shut and locked, no one can get in) 

I have already purchased a couple of books to help me make the transition to the 1:1 technology. It is seriously like a dream come true. Oh what I have wanted to do for YEARS that I haven't been able to do because I don't have the technology to make it happen. 

This also means there will be some changes to the blog. I think I am going to try to do a few vlog series as well...especially to showcase the reality of moving out of a school I have spent SO MANY years in. I dunno, we shall see how that goes. 

I do know that much of this summer will be spent either writing the dissertation or working on electronic documents for my new tech enabled classroom. I can't wait to do some blended learning videos and focus on how to really create a student-centered environment where I am more of a facilitator than anything else. It will be an exciting journey and I'm so ready to get started!