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.