To first grade!
Yesterday, we found out our assignments for next year. Working in a charter school, it is rare to find a teacher that teaches the same grade for 15+ years. Most teachers that I know who work in a regular public school don’t change grades often.. if ever.
My school.. is notorious for shaking things up on a regular basis. Change is always welcome, but I admit this was not the change I was predicting! Each year we fill out our grade preferences. I requeted to move to 3rd or 4th grade – as I was seeking a grade that was tested (CMTs..) and looking for a little more independence for my students.
When I met with my principal and assistant principal yesterday, I was a little surprised. They told me that I would start the next year with a new last name.. and a new grade.
At first I was a little disappointed – but I think it was because I really wasn’t expecting this. But as the day went on and I wrapped my head around things a little more, I became exciting.
First grade is a really important year. I suppose I am being placed in this position because my principal has confidence that I will succeed and bring out the best of my students.
There is still a lot going through my head. What should I expect? Clearly my expectations will need to be much different since I will be teaching kids who JUST finished kindergarten.. after teaching kids who are practically in 3rd grade. When can I get my hands on the curriculum? When do I need to pack up every belonging in my room so it can be moved? When will it be moved? When can I unpack in my new classroom?
Are these things important to know? Yes. Very. But right now, I must remained focused on the 19 bright shining stars that are in my second grade class right now.
In 29 days, I can start worrying about next year. (18 full school days, 4 half days if we don’t include weekends..).
ALSO – I had to pick another winner for the NuNaturals Giveaway – as I never heard from one… so Random Generator told me that the new winner is KAITLIN @ For Love of Carrots! Please send me you information, girl! (firstname.lastname@example.org)