As you know from reading my blog, I’ve mentioned that I’m a Middle School Special Education Inclusion Teacher. Well, as of recent weeks, I am now a former, Middle School Special Education Inclusion Teacher.
Yep, you got it: I’m moving classrooms!
In the fall I will be transitioning into an 8:1:1 self-contained classroom as the lead teacher.
And my reaction?
Don’t get me wrong, I have loved my years as an Inclusion Teacher – mainly because the job allows you to:
· Collaborate with numerous adults and professionals in the building
· Co-plan and co-teach content areas, meaning, you always have someone to bounce ideas off of and assist you in the classroom with your preparation and execution
· Be actively involved in the normal building routine and schedule
· Attend classes with general education students, allowing you to work with all different students at your grade level
· Work with students who need your support and assistance, but who can still be immersed in grade level content, routine, and structure
But if I take a very candid reflection of my years teaching thus far, I have to be honest that I have been craving my own classroom, and a new challenge. The chance to create an environment, routine, and daily schedule, all on my own, where I can have complete control over what is taught and how it is taught. The chance to organize and decorate a classroom beyond just a resource room setting. And the chance to work with a population of students who need much more support, and are at such different and varying academic and social levels both from each other and from what I am used to.
So as I take a step outside of my comfort zone, I am not only up for the challenge, I can’t wait for this challenge to begin!
My mind has been swimming with ideas since I received the news! But my problem: I have a classroom full of inclusion, content rich lesson plans and materials.
What I need: academic, social, and behavioral resources at an early childhood, elementary level.
So excuse me while I so calmly shout:
I know that I am new to the blogging world, and throwing this out there may result in nothing but crickets, but I have to try! I have leaned so much from other bloggers since entering this community, and this transition could not have come at a more perfect time; right when I have become a member of a such a supportive network of educators!
So here goes….
If anyone has any ideas or resources that they can pass along I would be more than grateful and appreciative!
Please feel free to comment and share your resources or simple words of encouragement!