Now all that is changing. And I'm feeling a bit like this:
I mean I know that theoretically changing schools and cities will be good for me. But also, I really really really really love the school I'm at... or was at... But I'm moving 4 hours away to be close to my parents. Which means leaving the school I love and the city I love and starting fresh.
So - I'm kind of very nervous about the whole thing.
But there are some great potentials in the next adventure for me.
My new classroom is:
1. A multiage class with half 4th graders and half 5th graders
2. A team-teaching environment where my classroom can be merged with the neighbor's via a moveable "wall"
3. A team approach where we don't see us as 4 separate classes of 22 students, but as a group of 88 students and 4 teachers
4. Lots of targeted flexibility to meet student needs
5. A service-learning, integrated, project-based approach to content areas
6. My first chance to really and truly use standards-based grading
Basically, we're going for:
In short, I have a lot to learn. Coming from a "My Classroom is My Kingdom" environment to a "We're Making This Happen Together" environment is going to be a great learning opportunity for me. I look forward to exploring all the pros and cons, and experiencing all the adventures. But, MAN am I NERVOUS!