My name isn't Dorothy. I don't own Ruby slippers. And I don't have a dog named Toto. But one thing is certain: I have a new professional home come August.
A week ago, I found out that I was joining the staff at Antonia Middle School, and that I would be teaching 6th Grade Social Studies. I've taught the content in that subject area (and that grade level) for the past 14 years, so my placement news was something to celebrate. Just a couple of days ago, though, my future principal offered me a change of grade level and subject--and I took it. I'll now be teaching 7th Grade Geography!
Now, truth be told, I am probably one of the most navigationally-challenged women on the planet. I'm a landmark driver, not a compass-direction follower. Anyone who knows me well understands this (and laughs heartily at me for it). The thought of teaching Middle Schoolers map skills is ironic and hilarious.
But teach them I shall. Until my district is finished writing my subject area's curriculum for the upcoming school year, I plan to study the Geography curricula of other school districts. I'll also connect with my future 7th Grade teammate to get an idea of how she has concepts organized and paced out. I love, love, LOVE putting together units and finding just-right resources to use with students, so really, the fun has only just begun!
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