I’m not a fan of change, but Ive always heard that it can be a good thing. I figure if I’m comfortable and contented why is there a need for change, right? I would definitely not characterize myself as risk taker. I leave that up to my other half…he has no problem with taking risks and change. So when my principal approached me to change grade levels for next year, I had to consider taking a risk of being out of my comfort zone.
Towards the end of each year my principal asks for teachers to fill out a form stating their grade level preference for the following year. We are instructed to list out first, second, and third choice. My first is ALWAYS fourth grade and my second is ALWAYS fifth grade. I don’t even bother to list a third choice just because I can’t see myself teaching any grade below fourth. No thought really goes into filling out this form. I just stick with what I’m comfortable with…fourth grade and I always get it. Not this year, I was approached with my second choice…fifth grade. At the start of my teaching career I wished to teach fifth grade, because I did my internship in a fifth grade classroom and loved it. The opportunity never arose after that and I just forgot about it, until a couple of days ago. I guess I needed that push of being asked to actually make this change. Most people would ask, “What’s the big deal in teaching fourth and then moving to fifth?” Well, when all you’ve ever taught is fourth, it can be a big deal. I look forward to a new experience, but at the same time a bit nervous of the change.