Have you ever had one of those moments when your principal comes in to your classroom, grabs a chair, and says they want to talk to you?
I’m sure you have. You may even have had an idea of what it was about.
Did it start off with them saying, “I think I’m moving you to this grade level”?
If the answer is yes, then I just joined your club.
Our enrollment numbers in our building have been dropping in a couple of grade levels. One of those just happens to be in 3rd grade, where I teach. However, with me having taught 3rd grade for 9 years, and being the senior member on the team for some time now, I believed myself safe from hearing that sentence uttered by my principal.
So you can imagine my shock when I heard it.
Here my teammates and I have been worried that our newest member was in jeopardy of losing her spot with us due to our low numbers for next year. However, since she’s early childhood certified and I’m elementary, I’m the only one who can move up to the grade level that has a vacancy.
My principal is a smart lady, and has found a clever way of trying to sell me on this move.
A couple of months ago, I applied for a position. Of course, I didn’t get it (or even an interview), but I was fine with it. It would have taken me out of the classroom, which I wasn’t quite sure of, but I wanted a chance to grow and have a change. One of the reasons my principal thinks I didn’t get an interview (and I agree with her), is because I’ve only taught one grade in my 9 years as an educator. I actually was concerned it would hold me back when I applied for the position, and with my principal parroting my inner thoughts to me on this subject, I know I was right.
I only have so much of a say in this decision. Numbers could still increase, and I could stay in 3rd.
But do I want to?
Perhaps this is the push (or kick) I need to have the change I’ve been searching for in my field. I absolutely love teaching 3rd grade, and love that age group of students, but I’ve also felt this strong calling to do something different. Maybe this is that opportunity.
What I do know for sure is I’ve got some thinking to do.