I will work with my schools to make sure that they are fulfilling grant requirements, help to gather and interpret data, collect materials and resources for the counselors and generally try to support their role and take the load off a bit. This will be a fun new adventure for me!
Never fear, I will still be updating the blog and my Teachers Pay Teachers store with all of the wonderful things that we are learning and discovering in the process!
In the meantime, I have begun the difficult task of wrapping up my role here at my school and saying goodbye to the kiddos. I know I'm not the only person in the world to get a new job so I thought it would be helpful to share the process here.
Of course, the very first thing I did was to let my principal know that I had a job opportunity and when I got the job (yay!). We made a plan for transition and notifying the staff. My principal made an announcement at a staff meeting. I made sure to pull a few people aside and tell them before hand so that they wouldn't be caught off guard.
In my state, we are required to give one month's notice. Because of winter break, I will have known I had the new job for 7 weeks before I leave but only 5 weeks of active school time. Even though it has seemed to stretch and stretch, there's been a lot to do!
Saying Goodbye to the Kids
Saying Goodbye to the Staff
Preparing for the Transition
Leaving in the middle of the year is hard, but sometimes new opportunities don't follow the academic calendar. The best thing I can do for me and my students is to honor the difficulty of change and prepare the school for the transition. Have you ever changed schools/jobs in the middle of the year? What was your game plan?