After fifteen years of teaching in the same school, I am leaving. I took a job here in Massachusetts teaching in an urban district. I'm teaching in a small K-8 school and I am the only social studies teacher for seventh and eighth grade. I am so excited, scared and overwhelmed I don't know if I should whoop it up or puke!
Last week I cleaned out my classroom of a decade and disentangled myself. Although I looooooved my classroom and would have forked you in the eye if you ever even suggested I might want a new classroom, I am the reason teachers should have to move classrooms every five years or so.
My biggest issue....Time marches on! I threw out binder after binder of worksheets I created a lifetime ago that definitely don't reflect who I am today. I found all of my special education resources that I squirreled away in case they hated me as a social studies teacher and sent me back. Worst I found these..
Boxes and boxes of diskettes! Don't forget about these....
On yes... April Morning read aloud on multiple tapes. Yup, let me just get out my tape player.... I had one of those too! Actually, I had a dual cassette recorder.
It took 10 hours, 4 recycling bins, and 7 trash bags but it is done.
I packed all the important things..
Now I'm ony way.... Goodbye Room 239.... It was a blast!
Moving forward.... Thidis my first time teaching in an urban district. I would love to hear any advice from those of you who have been there and done that!