Saturday, August 20, 2016

A New Chapter


For those of you who have been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed that my classroom is taking a new shape this year.  During this, my twentieth year of teaching, I have decided to take on a new adventure as a K-5 gifted support teacher. It has been a bittersweet feeling to hang up my homeroom teacher hat after all of these years and step into a specialist role. Of course, many, many, many factors went into this decision, but ultimately I know that this new position will lead to growth and happiness. I am actually pushing up my sleeves with excitement over the challenge.

I am still teaching in the same school, and my new classroom is directly across the hall from my third grade classroom of 12 years. In our school district, gifted education is currently a pull out program. In this new role, I will set goals, write IEPs, and design and deliver instruction for 31 identified gifted students. These students will visit my classroom throughout the day in small groups {yippee!} for enrichment and acceleration. Doesn't that sound dreamy? :-) Trust me, I have been a homeroom teacher for long enough to understand what a special opportunity this is that I have been handed.

Here are a few snapshots in my new classroom. I have had lots of fun with my new color scheme. It is still a work in progress, so I will zoom out and share more once it is complete.











I'm going to tell you more about those curtains from the last picture in my next post, so stay tuned for that in the very near future.

You can still expect all of the same unique teaching tips and tricks that I usually offer on my blog, but now I will also sprinkle in some posts about my experiences with gifted education. Creativity is my passion, so you will continue to see the "do it yourself" type of tutorials about the items I make for my classroom and my hope is that they will translate to you. I sure hope that you will come along with me on this journey. The ride will be so much better with friends. :-)

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on this new job, Chrissie! This seems like it will be a good fit for you. I'm eager to read about the adventures you'll be having with your students!

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