Friday, May 9, 2008

Request Granted!

I just found out today that my request to move down to third grade has been approved by my principal. I am really excited about this. I will have at least 12 fewer students, a shorter instructional day, and I'll get to work with a really cohesive team of teachers. All good things!

I've spent 11 of my 12 years of teaching at fourth grade and I'm just so ready for a change. I was expecting that there would be retirements at the third grade level eventually, but I didn't think it would happen this year. Once a retirement was announced a couple months ago, I thought this might be a good chance to make a big change. I will miss a lot of things about fourth grade, and fourth graders, I'm sure, but the chance to have a new routine and work with new people should be invigorating.

Oh, and I don't even have to change classrooms! That's just the cherry on top, you know?

14 comments:

Michelle said...

Yipee! I am so excited for you! That's a great team of teachers. I know you're going to have a great time with them. Now, if only your 4th grade spot was available... :-(

AprilMay said...

You will love it! Third grade is my FAVORITE grade to teach! Well...., so far, out of 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th, LOL.

Michelle said...

So cool! Sometimes a change is a really good thing.

Kathy and Joel said...

Congratulations, Joannah! Grade three is the ONE grade I have never taught, but I heard it is great. Good luck!

jcmiller24 said...

Yeah for you! We'll both be teaching third grade next year. I'm excited, too!

OH MY #6 said...

a change is as good as a holiday! I never did understand this one but I thought I would put it out there!

Lea

Catherine said...

congrats! Grade 3 is such a fun age! Enjoy.

Kayce said...

YEAH!! Congratulations! 3rd is soo much fun! You'll be perfect.

Special K said...

Congrats on making your change. :)

kris said...

Sounds perfect, congrats!

PIPO said...

Sounds like a great change for you!

Shelley said...

Congrats Joannah! May 3rd grade be the perfect transition for you.

Shell

Kathryn & Kevin said...

Congratulations! I did half of my student teaching in third grade and the other half in kindergarden. Third grade was much better and enjoyed working with that age group. Although, I decided ultimately that teaching was not my forte; it was a great experience and I often wonder about many of the students, who would now be about 25. OMG do I feel old!!!

Shannon said...

Great news! Third grade is an amazing year and you will do wonders bringing them into the elementary age!