I’m returning to my 3rd year of slicing. I took last year off. Our principal was in a crash and burn after several long years of tormenting our staff. I had a challenging class and felt like the things I was thinking probably should not be blogged.
This year our conference schedule has been changed, and so has the principal. I just finished my report cards last Friday and The Class is much more entertaining now that they’re down the hall.
I teach Young 5’s. I found myself in the primary grades by surprise and a bad Michigan economy. I got my first teaching job as an elementary Library Media specialist. Perfect job! I got to read books to kids spend someone else’s money to buy books, and then entice kids to read! My job gave me the perfect reason to ignore housework and read!
In the mid 90’s Michigan education revenues were shrinking. When our school system had to make many cuts I landed up teaching Third Grade, for a year. Then I was laid off. I worked for a (long) year in the High School. I then landed up in kindergarten. After three years in K, I taught a split class for one year, half time kindergarten, and half time Young 5’s. Tough, but still easier than the first year I taught kindergarten, where I split my week between two building with very different clientele and supplies.
This is my fourth year in Young 5’s. I hope to retire in this position. I’m the mom of two grown children. Our son and his wife have made us grandparents of three.
I first chose to Slice because I had never seen myself as a writer. It’s humbling to read the many wonderful writers who Slice each year. I know this experience helps me be a better teacher of writers.