Tuesday, May 8, 2007

grade level

I got an email today from Kim, the recruiter/vice principal for the school in Hungary, who was also the woman I student taught for. Anywho, she emailed me to discuss grade level placement for next year.

It appears that they currently do not have anyone to teach first grade next year. They would like me to teach second grade (as would I!) as I have been teaching that for a few years now. If they do not find someone for first grade or are not able to come up with other alternatives, they would like for me to teach both first and second grade in a split classroom.


My mind raced with the thoughts I have about this, and Kim's exact words to me were, "I hope this didn't disappoint you or bum you out." I have to be honest and say that it didn't disappoint or bum me out, just stress me out! How am I supposed to teach two grades at one time when there are such vast differences?! How do I lesson plan and meet the needs of so many students at different times while having almost no resources over there?! I'm only one person and not a miracle worker.

That was my initial reaction.

Currently I feel fine about it all. I'd be fine. They used to only have one room school houses back in the day, so really, this is no big deal. I would need the support of parents who are gracious as well as my Heavenly Father giving me the wisdom and patience I would need. So I really think this could work. Kim said that I would have an aide as well as the largest classroom...both a definite plus.

So now I am feeling much more relaxed and okay about all of this. Yet my mind is screaming at me saying how could I not be majorly stressing over this.

And this is when I turn to my life verse:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

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