Sunday, October 16, 2016

A New Beginning

The beginning of the school year brought a new beginning for me.  I have been teaching first grade for all but 3 of the last 13 years of my teaching career. This year I decided to interview for a different position within my district.

This June I packed up my entire classroom (why did I hoard all that stuff??) and moved it home and took on the TOSA position of K-5 Instructional Specialist.  It has been a challenging and exciting adventure.  I get to work with all of the extremely talented K-5 teachers in our district and am learning about things that in past years, I would just put on a "to think about" list.

There is definitely a learning curve though. My brain hurts at the end of the day.  I wonder if I will ever learn all of the things that I need to know to do my job? I am not bringing papers home to grade but instead am on the internet looking for resources for teachers or professionally reading to keep myself up on the latest and the best new methods and innovations.  I even had the opportunity, with my incredible co-worker, to write up a proposal for a national conference!

I want to take the 2 years that I am in this position to make a difference.  Make a difference to me, my family and my profession.  I have used blogging as a way to communicate to families and fellow classroom teachers. I have used blogging as a way to help my first graders understand the concept of globalization.  I will now use this familiar platform to share all of the wonderful things that are happening in my new job with a new audience.

Thanks for joining me on this new adventure!


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