Today I found out, after getting kid #30 in my class (16 kinders and 14 first graders!!), that the school will be hiring another Kindergarten teacher to take all of my Kinders and some from the other huge class. That leaves me with 14 first graders. I started the year as a first grade teacher, got changed to a K/1 teacher, and now will be going back to being a straight first grade teacher. For a person who HATES change, this year has been a serious test to my ability to adapt.
Good news -- 14 kids, all one grade, wow! Can't beat that! Granted I'll get every new first grader that comes our way, but that's ok.
Bad news -- I've fallen head over heels in love with my Kindergarteners and hate the idea of giving them up. They are so cute and it makes me incredibly sad to think I won't get to see them every day. Now I have to redo the grade book, the homework chart, the birthday chart, the reading groups, seating, classroom arrangement, filing system, EVERYTHING... and I JUST finally got it all changed over from my previous system.
More change. More stress. Dang... and I was hoping I'd stop losing my hair at some point... hey, bald will be easier with a bike helmet, right?
(I should also point out that I am now 8-0 in fantasy football -- I've come to l-o-v-e Tom Brady. I had four guys score under five points this week and still won because of Brady's 41.64 points -- sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet)