So, for all of those that have been there, I hear you. It's not as simple as just trying to do what's best for kids when it's at odds with external demands.
Two years ago and with my previous district, I had the privilege of completing my administrative internship with a world-class educational leader. Among the many words of wisdom she shared with me were these: Do your best to meet the expectations of your administrators while still advocating for things that should be changed or improved. If you've done that, though, and it becomes a situation that you cannot be happy in, smile and do your best, get a good letter of recommendation, and then move on.
I can say I did the best I could with the knowledge and skills at the time, although I also learned a LOT. There are many things I would do again. I think there are more things I would do differently if I had to do it all over again. Ultimately, leaving this district was a mutual decision. Of course, while difficult, I took many valuable experiences from these past two years that will influence my own approaches and perspectives.
The good news is, a relatively nearby district was looking for exactly everything that my previous district and I separated over! While the month in between determining that a parting of ways would be best with my previous district and getting the job offer in my new district was one of the most difficult and stressful in my life, I am SO excited to be joining my new district. The department chair is very experienced in TPRS and while the department as a whole isn't as experienced with CI/TPRS, they are on board for the boat travelling in that direction. One major step? They haven't used a textbook in years. They also sent me and two of my World Language co-workers to Comprehensible Cascadia a few weeks ago - talk about putting your money where your mouth is!
So, all that said, I am BACK! And Comprehensible Cascadia has re-energized me for teaching (and in JUNE, no less!). I am excited to be collaborating with my CI colleagues once again and cannot wait to share my experiences and resources with all of you throughout the year. Here we come 2018-2019!