Trying it Tuesday



I am linking up with my friend Holly over at the Fourth Grade Flipper for her super helpful linky....




It has been way toooooo long since I have managed to link up. I am here today to share something sort of personal that I am trying....I am transferring schools!!

Big deal you might be thinking - but it is a big deal - it is huge. I have only taught at one school my entire teaching career. One tiny rural school that is the equivalent of the Cheers bar - everyone literally knows your name in our school and community. I have been there for 15 years.

On top of all of this, I am not a huge fan of change - sure I change things up in my classroom - but big, scary, life altering change  - no thank you. Big risks - not my cup of tea.

But I am doing it! I have transferred to a new school that is about 17 minutes from my house. My current drive is 45 minutes.  The reduced drive time was a huge factor in this decision.

Another scary fact - I am moving to a brand new school - that will hopefully be finished in August - but I have a bad feeling I will be spending Labor Day weekend moving in to a mostly finished school. Ugh, moving!!!

I am also trying to figure out how to pack up 15 years of accumulated teaching resources. I think I may have too much stuff to even fit in my basement!!

Lastly, I am trying to wrap my head around the fact that I am not 100% sure what grade I will be teaching. The enrollment for the new school keeps changing and so do class sizes and number of classes. I have never had to worry about this before - being in a small school I was the grade 3/4 teacher (and for a short time the 2/3 teacher!) but I will have to wait and see (not a strong point of mine). So, since I can not guarantee that I will be Looking From Third to Fourth....I will be changing up my blog name (same place, new name). So if you pop in one day soon and see a new name and a new look - that is my trying out some new things.

I will be posting lots of pics as I pack up my class, unpack my new class and organize and decorate a brand new space!

Be sure to check out Holly's blog for links to actual ideas : )

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  1. Congrats on your new position! A brand new school (hopefully done on time!) what fun that'll be! Fingers crossed for a good grade position-I've switched grades a few times and it's an adventure. Good luck!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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    1. Thanks Kaitlyn! I will try to look at it as an adventure rather than a super scary event : )

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  2. How awesome that you are changing to a school closer to home! I also teach in a tiny rural town where everyone knows where everyones' house is and what they do for a living. My school is also a far drive (35 minutes). I am interviewing for third grade position (I currently teach third) at a school 7 minutes from my house so pray for me next Wednesday!

    I cannot believe you have been in the same spot for 15 years! I am a first year teacher and the amount of 'stuff' I have accumulated just this year is unreal. Currently, I have classroom books UNDER my bed because I am that strapped for space. I hope your move is an easy one. I look forward to seeing pictures of your new classroom. Good luck!

    Amber
    PeppyZestyTeacherista

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  3. Ditto to everything you mentioned! I have been at the same school forever...although in three different grades. And although it is a big school in a big city, I am constantly hearing things like, "We saw you out running last night!"

    You are going to like the reduced drive time, that's for sure! Hopefully they figure out the logistics of who is doing what soon so you can start planning! Best wishes for a new start!

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  4. Wow! I have a 45 minute commute too and have also been at my school for 15 years. I am so impressed by how brave you are to make this change. It's going to be challenging but really exciting, too. Congratulations! I look forward to reading more as you blog about your journey from school to school.

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  5. Change is scary, but you will love being closer to school. Best wishes in your new position.

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  6. Girl, I am not a fan of change either! I too have been at the same school my entire teaching career! Kudos to you for taking the big step! I know all of the details are up in the air, but the first time you make the shorter commute, you won't regret it! I LOVE my short commute! Best of luck! I know you'll do great!
    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  7. The longest part of my morning getting to school is the car rider line. I seriously live less than five minutes away and I love it. I was at my old school for eight years before I packed up and moved 600 miles away. That was hard, so I'm having a hard time imagining 15 years. It felt good to get rid of stuff that I didn't use anymore. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for the right grade level...I was crossing my eyes too, but that was just weird. XOXOXO
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  8. Wow! That is a big change. Hopefully, you will find out your grade level sometime in the near future. Change can be scary, but I believe it is also how we grow the most (both professionally and personally). I'm looking forward to seeing your new blog name. I am wishing you the best! It will be nice to be in a brand new building, but hopefully that brand new building will be functional for you well before Labor Day!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  9. I am so excited for you, Anne!! I am so with you on hating change. I am here to support you in anyway I can. I absolutely LOVE your new blog design and name! XXOO
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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