Hey all! Students started on Wednesday and I had most of my posts lined up ready to go...and then forgot to post them. Oops! So, there is a whole slew today (including this one, oi). I have read the comments you have all left and will be coming around this afternoon to catch up on everything I missed in the last two weeks.
I have not talked about my job too often, but have shared that for the last seven years I have had a very difficult teaching position. I was a Special Education teacher in the Behavior Skills Program, meaning I taught in a self-contained classroom of mixed grade-levels for students verified with various disorders. These include Emotional Disturbance, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit-Hyperactive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, Mood Disorder, just to name a few. Students may also have been verified with an Specific Learning Disability and/or a Speech-Language Impairment as well.
Needless to say, it was a stressful job. I loved it for much of the beginning of my career, but the last three years were especially hard and I knew I was not doing the job as well as I used to. That stress spilled over into every other area of my life and it was time for a change.
This year I have transferred to Resource, which means I am primarily working with kiddos verified with one or multiple SLDs. The first three days with the kids have been a-may-zing. I am really excited for this fresh start, and a chance to recharge my batteries, so to speak. I go into their classrooms and work on various reading and math interventions with them, and I am happy to say that I think this year is going to be fantastic.