07 December 2011
As I sat down to write about the process of moving tonight, I looked at my blog and realized how much has changed since June. Without getting into the long gory details, I found a new job, and am now teaching elementary school (4th - 6th grade) special education in a new school district. It is quite different... not just in the age of the students and the amount of time and energy that needs to go into younger kids, but in that this district actually supplies me with the tools I need to teach. I nearly cried when I walked into my classroom for the first time and found things like paper, pencils, and glitter paint. Yes, glitter paint. You have no idea how necessary that is when one is teaching elementary school.
I think my personality is a little more suited to younger kids (glitter paint excitement aside), it has been difficult to get used to how dependent they are. The last thing a high school kid wants is for an adult to pay attention to them, I had to fight tooth and nail to get them to accept that I was going to pay attention to them and there was nothing they could do about it. The only thing a nine or ten year old wants is for you to pay attention to them... whether it be in a good way or a bad way. It has definitely been a learning experience for all of us.
In other news, CSB, ShortBus, and I are officially home owners!
Another ridiculously long story made short, we got the keys to our first home yesterday. It is small, but it is ours, and it is perfect for the three of us. I am so very excited about this new move, and can't wait to get into our new place.