We have some exciting changes coming up in our school for next year. I am so grateful to be part of that. From my perspective, as a newly minted Doctor of Education, staying in the classroom takes on a whole new meaning. I have demonstrated that I have the knowledge and pedagogy to do a great job at what I do; but now I have the credentials and more importantly, the time, to actually put all of this knowledge to use. It's pretty exciting! I have been asked multiple times in the last week if I plan to go teach college and I say no. I wouldn't say no to an adjunct position that would allow me to keep my K-12 job, but I am not ready to leave public education for higher education. Not yet.
Next year I will have two new teammates and will be the third grade inclusion classroom. This means I will have a mix of general education and special education (not just resource room) students. The special education teacher will co-teach with me part of the time and her aide will be in our room as a support the other part of the time. (When they are not with me, they will be with the 2nd grade inclusion classroom.) I will also have an intern from Michigan State University from August to the end of April so most days there could very well be three adults in the room at one time. How nice will that be for small groups?
The possibilities are endless and I am really thrilled at the opportunity to do something different next year while still staying in a grade I have come to love.