Sunday, June 16, 2013

Starting a new adventure!

I know it's been a while since I last posted, I'm so sorry about being MIA! We all know how hectic the last few weeks of school are (4 and a half days left... I can do it!) I've also been job hunting and taking a pretty intense summer course. I can't wait to get back into blogging, especially because of the new and exciting adventure I'll be starting on!

I knew I was being laid off from my current job a few months ago, which was scary because my husband is still a full time grad student. There's just never a right time to get laid off for anyone though.. ever! So I started looking and went on a few interviews.

So here's my fabulous news - You all know what I'm about to tell you :) I got a job! Actually, I was offered 2 jobs (which is insane in an economy where there are about 400 applicants per teaching position.) I am ecstatic! It was tough to deal with in my head, I kept going back and forth, just hoping I made the right decision. Ultimately, I think I did! Next year I will be teaching 5th grade in a wonderful school!

I'm not even done with the great news! For the past 3 years, I have been working on my masters degree in reading. One of my many career goals is to become a reading specialist/coach in the future. I recently took the reading specialist MTEL (the Massachusetts state test) and my results came in, I passed! I'm now certified as a reading specialist! This has really been the best week ever!

I am nervous about changing from 3rd to 5th, it will be an adjustment, but I really think I will be able to do some amazing things with 5th graders. Any 5th grade teachers out there have advice for me? What things can you not live without in 5th grade?


7 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the new job and the Reading Specialist certification!!

    Dee
    Mrs. B's Nook

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  2. Congratulations, Michaela!! That is terrific to have found a new job, and also for becoming a Reading Specialist. Best wishes to you!

    Dani
    Crayonbox Learning

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  3. Congratulations, Michaela! You are going to LOVE fifth grade!! They are so much fun!! As far as what I couldn't live without in fifth... strong behavior management! Set the bar high, make your expectations clear and consistent, and you'll be able to relax later on when they are wrapped around your finger! My school is rural, so the fifth graders are still pretty young... I used a clip chart this year VERY successfully, and also got Brag Tags which they LOVE! I have a pile of great things pinned on Pinterest as well! :)

    ~Erin
    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

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  4. Congratulations! The kids will be lucky to have you!

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  5. Congratulations! I love teaching fifth grade! I can't live with a literacy workshop and a great library of books! Starting collecting. :)
    ~Brandee
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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  6. Congratulations (on both)!! This is wonderful news, and I wish you all the best! I can't wait to hear all the latest news as you transition from 3rd to 5th.
    Amy Marie

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  7. Congrats! I teach fifthies, too, and I adore them. Like a few others mentioned, start off really structured and strict. You can always ease up later. Check out my blogs by grade listing for other 5th grade bloggers (and to link up!) http://caffeineandlessonplans.blogspot.com/p/blogs-by-grade.html

    Mandy
    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

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