At the end of the last school year I was told my pre-kindergarten class had been eliminated and I would be moving to third grade at another school. That change did not happen. I’m still in my same room and I’m back at the same Pre-Primary grade I’ve been in for the past four years.
Even without the changes I’d been expecting this year started out crazy. A new principal, late arriving and ever changing class lists, a new student on day two and another new one on day three, all made for a chaotic month. I spent four days in August in math training and another two screening late registering families. I also had hand surgery and catered a meal for my husband’s boss. I’m now in week four of school and I need a vacation!
Last year’s class was the most challenging group I’ve ever had. Several retired teachers assured me that a really tough class is always followed by the best group ever. They were right. While this group has academic challenges including two cognitively impaired children and a child who doesn’t speak, I’m relieved to say this class hasn’t stolen, there has been no destruction school property and we are missing the drama of two oppositional defiant children playing off each other, the class and the teacher.
As I watch last year’s group travel down the hall I just smile and thank God they’re heading for the classroom down the hall.