Subject ChangeSquids will be Squids? It's my new classroom buy!)
|Weren't we cute?? :)|
My reason for switching cities/states was about me. I'll get paid more. This is always a plus. NC has frozen salaries for 4 years with no step increase (this goes for this coming year as well). I'm also at home. Right now I'm staying at my mom's house and while it isn't perfect it is something you don't truly cherish until you've moved out on your own and return. Family dinners, chatting over a cup of coffee, a hug goodnight, etc. As well...for this summer and this summer only, my younger brother and sister are BOTH living in town. We're all back in the same city. I have the time off to go and visit and spend time with them. I know I will always look back on this summer and be very grateful for it.
Now the grade and subject changes were necessary for me to be able to work at the school I wanted. I interviewed and then was offered the job that night although some of the specific weren't decided on yet. Over the next few weeks it was decided what grade I would be working with (4th or 5th...5th grade it is) and what subjects I would be teaching. It looks like I will be team teaching with another teacher (1 of the 6 on the team) and be teaching language arts, social studies, and math. She will be teaching science, while I teach her class math. Math was my non-negotiable subject :) The first 3 years out of college I taught 5th so the age is not new and it is actually a grade I love. They have independence, personality, and they challenge me and teach me everyday.
I've taken most of the summer off from thinking about school and my class next year. This has been a big step for me and has allowed me to work on myself. I think teachers often forget to do that. However, now as we near the end of July I'm gearing up and getting ready to think about it. Postings will soon be coming about the new things I'll be doing and the ideas I've