Day in and day out, I analyzed data, conducted intervention, coached teachers, modeled interactive lessons and guided reading groups, gathered resources, studied, provided PD, planned, reflected, and missed my own classroom. All year I felt a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I felt like something was missing. There was a genuine sadness in my soul.
Fast-forward to the beginning of this school year. The first week geared up and I found myself in the thick of things....deep, hot, and heavy! By Friday of the first week, I asked my principal if I could step down and go back into the classroom. She gave me her blessings. After a few weeks of moving parts getting in the right place, the time has come.
Come next Wednesday, the 6th, I will be back in my element as a fourth grade teacher on a different campus. I cannot wait to meet my new students and grow with them. I am excited to implement all of the changes I have thought through over the past year. I won't use the points based reading/quiz program anymore. This is going to allow me to focus on what really matters in matching my students up with the right books. It's going to allow me to get to know my students even better. I've rethought homework and it will be minimal. I'll use Flipgrid, Twitter, and Kids Blogs as well as Google Classroom. As you can see, even though this is year 19, it's a very exciting time for my students and me.
I'm reminded as I prepare to go on this next journey of a promise I made myself a long time ago. I promised to never stop learning, reflecting and improving. My students are worth it!