I am no longer at 4th grade teacher. ::gasp:: It's hard to believe. I left my last day of class knowing that I would return to the same campus, same grade, same classroom. Oh my...how wrong I was! (Don't worry, blog land, it wasn't something negative). Want the story?? Well, here we go...
On June 20th, I received a phone call asking me to apply for a different position. I had been asked to do so several times since April. I always said no. However, the phone call I received happened on the date, 26 years later, of my dad's passing. He was killed in a car accident when I was 17. For some reason, I felt that the phone call was a "hint" from a higher power that I needed a change. Weird, hunh? I tend to believe, sometimes, in that fate/karma thing.
Anyhoo, I decided to apply for the position. I went on the interview and was given the job. I am now a Campus Instructional Specialist (CIS) for grades 3-5. It is basically a "peer facilitator" job. Same responsibilities; different title. Not only did I change my job title, I changed campuses as well. I am the proverbial fish-out-of-water. My support system at my old campus was extensive. I have to start from scratch at my new campus.
I have the opportunity to work with teachers now. At the minimum, I will support them in their classrooms with everything from finding materials, giving ideas, and disaggregating data. I also will tutor small groups when needed. (There are a lot more responsibilities...I just haven't digested them yet!)
It's a very exciting, yet terrifying time for me. I will miss having my own class and working with students on a daily basis. I will NOT miss grades, attendance, restroom breaks, etc. I will be working with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers, so I have a lot to learn about 3rd/5th grades. It was also difficult to go from a large classroom to a small office. Geez...I had no idea how much "stuff" I had
It's intimidating because helping the adults will be my focus. I'm confident...I know my stuff when it comes to curriculum. I think I have a lot of great ideas and enough experience to confidently share those ideas. But grown-ups can be grown-ups, if you get my drift. I plan to work really hard on my colleague relationships.
I've stepped out on a limb...the hardest part is leaving a campus I loved, and people I loved, for the unknown. But greatness has never been achieved by those who don't take risks. And, boy, I am sure not a risk taker!!!!!!
I plan to keep my blog name for a while. I still feel like a 4th grade teacher at heart. I will continue to post ideas for foldables, activities, and anchor charts. My first plan of action is to create a binder with all of my previous anchor charts and have it available to any teachers on my campus that may need an idea or two. I also plan to add to it throughout the year, based on ideas I may get from other teachers. Anchor charts and foldables can be used for 3-5...I'll simply adjust them to match the TEKS for a particular grade level. So keep up with my blog...new things will come!
Please keep me in your prayers. I plan to do my best, use my best, and give my best on this new chapter. And hopefully, come out a better person for it.
"You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do."--Henry Ford