Saturday, August 26, 2017

Celebrate This Week-Change is Messy-August 26, 2017

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This week I celebrate change and all its messiness. 
After a VERY long time as a classroom teacher in 4th grade, I am transitioning to a new role as a K-2 intervention teacher. It is exciting, invigorating, scary, strange and wonderful all at the same time. 
I am used to feeling (fairly) confident in what it is that I need to do. I know 4th grade well. I knew what to expect and I was good at it. I have left the comfortable familiarity of my classroom, set up a new space, and left my teaching partner of 8 years. We had a rhythm and knew each other well. 

I have a new teaching partner, who is also a dear friend, and a new team of amazing educators, many of whom I have known for years. I am working with 16 classroom teachers who worked with my successor for a long time. I have much to learn and much to prove.
I am not confident....yet, but I take comfort in others' faith in me. 

This week I celebrate and embrace the opportunity to grow as an educator by relying on the expertise of others. I embrace the opportunity to surround myself with young children who will surely challenge and inspire me. It is awkward and uncomfortable and I am loving every minute of it. 


  1. What a great new position. Change sure can be messy and unsettling at first, but with time it will be awesome! As a reading specialist I work with all grades, 1-5, and the little ones sure can be fun.

  2. Best wishes, Gigi. When I moved into the coaching role I was so nervous, but I loved working with all the teachers. It sounds like you will be perfect for this new work. Happy Birthday, too!

  3. So hard to change! I'm changing this year too - out of my 6th grade classroom and into the role of a k-5 coach... so I totally get what you are feeling... It's going to be good, though! I just know it!

  4. Love the pics of your new space and your willingness to grow. Kudos for stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing the messiness.

  5. Change can be hard. I'm glad to see you are embracing it and enjoying the bumps along the way. Congratulations!

  6. Change is the path to finding who we can be. Your new role sounds like it can be just right! Enjoy.