I know some of you have been curious about what is happening at school. Here's the story... we have 3 first grade teachers. I found out on Friday that the teacher next door to me is only going to be teaching 1/2 time next year. She will be spending the other 1/2 of the day training in Reading Recovery at our school. (Which is a wonderful thing and I'm very excited we will be able to serve more kids with this amazing program!) She and I have taught together for all of my 8 years there. (But she has 20 years more experience than I do.) Our other teacher is new this year. He has taught before, but only 5th grade. He will be awesome, I know, but will need a lot of support and guidance this year. (That's my official title: I am his "guide.") Today we hired another teacher, who will teach next to me for the other 1/2 of the day. She has taught for two years before, but in a school and district very different from ours. She, too, will be very good, I'm sure, but will also need a lot of support and guidance. I'm feeling a little unsure of myself, knowing that much of this support and guidance is going to have to come from me. Time to start pretending that I know what I am doing. :)
I will miss my friend beside me all day, but will have the opportunity to make a new friend. When did I get old enough to be the experienced teacher?!