As the title says it, I’m “back in the saddle again.” Due to some budget cuts and increasing class sizes, our school needed to add a fourth 5th grade teacher and my tech position was cut, therefore, I am the new 5th grade teacher.
I’ve been asked countless times if I am excited or not. My truthful answer is that I’m getting there. When the possibility first came about a few months ago, I was very excited. As time went on and the possibility wavered back and forth, I became frustrated, and the excitement waned. About two weeks ago, I found out this was a definite move. The excitement is slowly returning.
Last week we did a big room shift with a total of 4 rooms being affected. I have been moving into my room and getting settled since Friday. I am working on where to put everything, how many tables I need, how to decorate, and all of those other fun decisions that come from moving into a new room.
One of the things I am most looking forward to is the opportunity to work with the students on tech projects. I have so many ideas of things to do. I will have to keep you all posted on all of the things we try.
One other very important thing to mention: We are out for summer 🙂
My world was turned upside down today. Our school is overcrowded and with 30+ in several rooms, we were able to get a new teacher in to help. This required a room for that teacher. Our building committee met last week to discuss options and the principal announced the solution today. I will no longer be teaching in a computer lab but will help other teachers with integrating technology and with analyzing test data.
I am looking forward to this change. I will miss the kids, but I really feel like this will be benefiting them more in the long run. I will help facilitate technology projects in their classroom that directly relates to their curriculum. The goal is for the teachers to feel more comfortable trying new things with some tech support and to then use technology more in their lessons.
The staff has mixed feelings. They will be loosing 45 minutes of plan time, but will still have 270 minutes a week plus their 90 minute PD time. Change is hard though, and our building had already had enough change before this. We had a third of our staff leave, and had 26 new staff members join us in August. Hopefully after the shock wears off, people will see that the kids will benefit.
I still have 1 hour in my time zone for a wordless Wednesday post, so here goes…..
(I would attribute the cartoon to someone, but I found it on about 5 blogs so I don’t know where it originated)
Today was the first day back for students. It is always so exciting to see them stream into the building, backpacks filled with a new year’s worth of supplies, a bright smile on their face, and ready for a new year of learning. Students rushed in happy to see their friends and teachers. We have a very high turnover rate at our building and I was thrilled to see so many familiar faces, it was thrilling to see new faces too of course!
This is my second year teaching K-5 in the computer lab, prior to that I taught 5th grade. Today I was reminded how much those little kindergarteners grow bythe end of the year, which means I forgot where we started last year. They don’t know how to walk in a line yet, don’t know how to sit still, and don’t know all of their letters and numbers. They are very tired by the end of the day and many can’t stay awake during that last hour. I must say a big “thank you” to all of the kindergarten teachers out there. They truly do give the kids the foundation of their education. I look forward to seeing how much this year’s group grows!
Like the kids, I too am looking forward to a great year of learning! I learn just as much from them as they learn from me. I am excited to share with them the things I learned at the Google Teacher Academy, as well as other workshops I attended over the summer.
I love working in a field where every year is truly a fresh start. Every year we get to examine the good things from the past, and look forward to an exciting future filled with new opportunities. We get to rework what failed before, improve what worked, and polished those lessons that seemed wonderful. We have a brand new group of eager kids that are ready to learn and ready to discover everything they can.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful school year!