This new school year is going to be very different than many of my past school years.
I have taught 7th grade for ten years - hard to believe its been that long - and this year I will still be teaching 7th grade. But I'll have two classes of 6th graders as well. Our enrollment is just jumping (we've added nearly 300 kids in 3 years) and there are so many 6th graders coming in that The Principal had to add an extra "overflow" teacher. So, I'll have two 6th grade classes and three 7th grade classes. I'm considered a 7th grade teacher (The Principal has me work with the 7th grade team at all staff things) and "just helping out" the sixth grade for the year (or two.) I am cool with this.
I am also cool with the fact that my class sizes are a lot more manageable than last year. I averaged 154 kids last year which comes to about 32 per class. This year I'm up to 125 which is about 25 per class. A huge difference.
I may decide I like 6th grade better. Who knows? What I do know is that the 6th grade teachers are not a tight-group like the 7th grade teachers are, so that may be interesting. I like the way the 7th grade teachers act like a family.
The good part about all this is that after seven years I am no longer a team leader because I am no longer on any one team - I get the "overflow" kids. Considering I was going to ask The Principal if someone else could have the pleasure of being team leader, I am more than thrilled at this. Having less responsibility suits me fine, especially after the year I had last year with dealing with being the executrix of my Father's estate. (That's still going on, btw, and I hope to have most of it done by December.)
I also am in a different room which is bigger than the tiny room I have had for eight years and that's a good thing. The only real drawback I've found so far is that it is still in the older part of the building and is a little short on electrical outlets so I have 3 extension cords running along the walls which is par for the course in this part of the building. Especially considering the geniuses who installed all the technology stuff a few years ago didn't put any of that near an outlet which makes it impossible to get power to the technology (doc reader, computer, etc.) without an extension cord.
So, it should be an interesting year.