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No Change, No Growth

Two years ago, my principal called me into her office one spring day.  Then she shut the door.  That is NEVER a good thing.  After hemming and hawing, she told me she was moving me to second grade.  She knows I’m happiest working with 5th graders.  This was not what I was expecting.  Some teachers get news like this and react very badly.  Yelling, crying, threatening to call the union, blah, blah, blah.  The truth is, a principal can put you into whatever grade he or she needs you, as long as you’re certified.

I took a deep breath and said, “If you don’t change, you don’t grow”.  Mostly, I was trying to convince myself, but in the final analysis, it was true.  While a year in second grade confirmed that I have a much better temperament for older children, I learned so much about child development, patience, and how to teach the fundamentals of reading.  I never knew what to do with fifth graders reading on a first or second grade level.  Now I do.

I obviously like plans and like knowing what’s ahead, but sometimes being given a push in a new direction helps me grow professionally, emotionally, or intellectually.  When faced with such a change, ask yourself  “What can I learn?  How will this make me a better, stronger person?”  And if you don’t like whatever change you’re going through, don’t forget that this change will change into something else if you just have a little patience.

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