Decisions.  It is that time of year, where as one chapter is about to close, another one is about to open.

Tomorrow, my baby turns 5.  With that, we enter a new phase in our lives.  I will have a kindergartner in the fall.  A kindergartner, who will be coming to school with me instead of going to our neighborhood school.  It will be interesting to see how we each learn to adapt to having one another.

For the first time in six years, I will not loop with my students.  This has been a difficult decision for me.  I LOVE looping and have spent over half of my career as a looping teacher.  But, I realize that I am the minority at my school.  Most teachers do not loop.  Sometimes because I loop, I limit the choices in placement for children within the grade level I teach.  Many times, I have to adapt to curricular decisions that I did not participate in the planning of but must implement and teach.  I have been able to overcome these challenges in the past.

Lately, though, I feel that I need to help with the success of our school and students in a new way.  I would like to be a teacher leader at our school. I would hope that some members of our staff already see me as one.  One day, I would like to work with students who would benefit from an additional year of kindergarten or first grade in a transitional grade setting.  But that is all in the future.

So for now, I will be a kindergartner teacher. I will focus on learning the Common Core, implementing a new language arts adoption and being a mommy of a kindergartner.


  1. Kindergarten...our babies are growing up WAY too fast!!

  2. Yes! Yes! Yes! You will be an awesome teacher leader! You school is so lucky to have you on their team!

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  3. Sounds like a decision you have definitely put a lot of thought into. It's so reassuring to know we have teachers out there who care so much about what is best for their kiddos!


  4. Call me selfish, but I love that you will be teaching K again next year - I know I will learn a lot from you! I think you will enjoy having your little one in the same school as you. I loved having my youngest across the hall from me this year - I got the sweetest hugs and kisses as we passed at recess time and I always knew what was going on with him. All 3 of my boys are at my school now and it is so much fun to get to see their performances and not have to worry about taking time off for it. When we have an evening event I don't have to worry about missing something at their school or have my week booked full attending events at two different schools!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  5. You seem to have made a very thoughtful and careful decision - I'm sure it will work out well. I bet you'll love having your little one in Kindergarten, too! Renee

  6. You picked the right one friend! You are the best!

  7. Awww, your baby is a kindergartner! Happy Birthday to your sweetie!

    I recently discovered that Teacher Leadership is an option in masters programs. Maybe you are already pursuing something like this. Whatever you decide, you will be brilliant!


  8. It's so hard making these decisions, but I know you will LOVE having your child at the same school as you teach at! I did it with all three of mine, and it worked out great!
    Heidi Butkus


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