3. Personal/Professional Changes
Deciding to change grades and go back to school for a doctorate have been HUGE and rewarding decisions for me. I have felt bogged down for a couple years and the idea of making changes has really lifted a weight off my shoulders. I look forward to the change and the challenge of the next few years!
1. Professional Interactions
Being honest here! I have had a really tough time with colleagues this year. I have been working with a few folks I haven’t worked with before and our personalities have not clicked. I try to get along with everyone – I really do. I just reach a point when I really feel I am being taken advantage of by people with stronger personalities. I run my classroom as a tight ship and refuse to have it compromised by others who do not have the experience or who choose to be passive aggressive. I also have a problem trying to do my own job when things I depend on others to do are not happening – especially when it involves doing what is best for students. It was a year of being a manager – not a position I chose to be in. I am NOT in business! Hopefully that was not TMI.
2. New Curriculum
It was not the new curriculum itself, but trying to teach it all. Our first grade curriculum is packed! I don’t feel like I did anything justice this year. Partly I was so darn exhausted from being overworked (see above) and partly because I decided to put my job into perspective and have not been working ridiculous hours.
3. Leaving Friends
When I made the decision to change grade levels, I knew I would be leaving some things behind. I will be leaving a few really good friends and some amazing leadership roles. While the leadership roles have been very challenging, I will miss feeling like an insider. I have been pretty emotional the last couple weeks, realizing I am moving away from my two best friends in teaching – even tough I have been teaching for 11 years, 5 years is the longest I have worked with any group of colleagues. I will miss them so much and must commit to attending after school get-togethers!
Hopefully was was not too much of a Debbie Downer! It has been a tough year for me, but I am so excited about the future!