As I am sure you saw on my instagram post, I am moving to 2nd Grade. It still feels so weird to even say that because I have been in preschool for my whole teaching career so far. I know it’s only been 3 years, but that is a big deal. I haven’t moved my classroom in 3 years, I’ve been teaching the same thing since I was hired right out of college. Now I’m moving to 2nd grade which is a pretty big jump. It’s going to be a huge change. My preschool classroom right now is fully self-contained special education.
In 2nd grade, I am going to be co-teaching. So, at my school that means that I will be the special education teacher in an inclusion 2nd grade classroom. It will be myself and a general education teacher teaching a typical sized class (20-25 students). We could have up to 8 special education students in the classroom that are mainly my responsibility, although we will both be teaching the entire class together. I will be in the classroom all day, so I don’t do any pull-out.
I am so excited about this change. This was very much my choice. I wanted to move out of preschool. I love preschool and I love the team I work with, those are my best friends, but it was time for a change. There’s a couple of reasons why I wanted to move. Halfway through this school year, I started talking to my principal about possibly wanting to move out of preschool next year.
I recently graduated with my masters in Teacher Leadership, a principal certification, and a supervisor certification. Those are certifications that I want to eventually use. I felt that, in order to best do those jobs in the future, I needed more experiences than just being in preschool self-contained. That is not required for those jobs. I wanted more experiences so that when I am a supervisor and/or principal I can speak about the many different types of classrooms that I have experienced first-hand.
Another reason for wanting to move was that I wanted to teach in a different environment with students that were a little bit older. There were also parts of the preschool program in my district that I was beginning to not like. Once I shared all of this information with my principal, we began talking about the different possibilities for next school year. I did want to stay at my school. I understood that if I didn’t want preschool, and there was nothing else for me at my school, I would have to go to another school in my district. My principal started to talk to me about co-teaching. As a special education teacher, that was the only other option at my school for next year.
At first, I was hesitant about co-teaching because I have loved having my own classroom, and my big, beautiful classroom down in the brand-new preschool hallway. My new classroom is going to be much smaller and have a lot less space for me. The teacher who I will be co-teaching with has worked in that classroom for many years already, so when I move in, I will not be able to bring all of my stuff with me. Once I started discussing the idea further with my principal and talking about how good it would be for me to get this experience, I was on board.
Then I had to tell all of the people closest to me at school first. I told my teammates, my teaching assistants and the speech therapist that works with my students first. It was super emotional, and there were definitely tears, but they totally understood.
I still plan on making preschool and Creative Curriculum materials. I also hope to make grade level materials, especially second grade materials, as I learn the curriculum and material.
If you have any questions, advice or suggestions for me please message me on Instagram!!
Thank you all for your endless support! I am truly so excited for this next adventure!!