Back to the Classroom (Coach to Teacher)

It's happening! Its finally happening! I'm going back to the classroom to be a teacher!

Before we talk about the future, let's revisit the past.

Three years ago, I was teaching second grade for the forth year. I enjoyed it but I was no longer challenged. It felt easy and automatic. I could have continued to stay at the same school, teaching the same grade but I craved a change. I needed a new challenge. I applied, got accepted, went through months and months of training, and finally got hired as a reading coach. Looking back, there are various other things I could have done to obtain this change I was looking for instead of changing jobs. I could have transferred schools, changed grade levels, or read a new PD book to gain inspiration but I'm so thankful I was led down the reading coach road. The friendships, knowledge, and experience I've gained in these two short years is something I cherish. I'm such a better person and teacher from being a reading coach.

I've been a reading coach for the past two years. During my first year I loved it. I was challenged, motivated, and eager. My second year, I didn't love it as much. I think there were a lot of factors that played into why I felt this way. One of the factors was I just in a weird rut where I wasn't inspired.

Towards the latter half of the year, I felt a familiar feeling return where I knew I needed another change. I could transfer and be a reading coach at a different school. I really considered going back to a high needs school and I did like being a reading coach. Ultimately, I wasn't willing to leave my current school. I adore the students, I love my administration, the faculty is made up of the nicest people I've ever worked with, and the commute is amazing. I was not and am not willing to leave that. So rather than change schools, I'm changing positions. I'm going back to the classroom and I could not be more excited!!

I'm ready to implement the reading knowledge I've learned and put it into practice! I'm ready to blog about it! As an instructional coach, you share the students with the teachers. You go into THEIR classrooms, I cannot wait to have my own students and own classroom again!

The coach in me still wants to share, inspire, and grow with others. I'm hoping this blog helps me do that. I'm definitely feeling outside my comfort zone and I continue to tell myself that it is a good thing. As a coach, I learned to embrace the uncomfortable so I am trying to do that with blogging, again.

You'll see my blog already has quite a few posts from quite a few years ago. I started this blog at the very beginning of my teaching career. I wasn't sure what I was doing and didn't have much support at my school site. I began to read as much as I could and experimenting to see what worked. At that time, I desperately wanted to be apart of a learning community and to share what I was doing with others so... this blog was created. I've taken quite a hiatus but I'm back to bring it back despite how embarrassing it is to look at some of my old posts. I have also written some newer blog posts on being a VIPKID teacher since that has been a side hustle for me starting in January.

This time as a blogger, my goal is still the same as it was many years ago. I want to be apart of a virtual learning community and I want to share with others and inspire. I'm excited for what is to come!

Have you ever felt in a rut in your current position? What did you do about it? How do you continue to feel inspired?