Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Back to School
I recently found out that I'll be teaching kindergarten next year. I went through all of the Stages-of-Grief-with-Changing-Grade-Levels: Denial, Bargaining, Acceptance, Excitement, and... Shopping! I experienced a range of emotions: from anticipation to worry and joy to, well, exhaustion. (or pre-exhaustion, where you think, "Maybe I should sleep now to prepare for how tired I will be in September.")
I've been a teaching for 15 years. I've taught eager-to-learn first graders and brilliantly funny fifth graders. My last nine years have been in special education, working in a resource room with wonderfully inspiring kids who are making it through school with a variety of disabilities.
Moving back to a general ed classroom is a huge undertaking. There's a lot of work to do, and it all starts today with my first trip to my new classroom. Fasten your seat belts -or- if you're a kindergartener, get up in your booster seat- the adventure is about to begin!