This is the first year since the spring of 2012 in which I will not be packing up my classroom and moving to a new school. It's a really weird feeling to be getting things ready for next year without packing up dozens of cardboard boxes.
It's the real thing when the trimmer comes down.
My first classroom was 2010-2011. Then when another teacher moved, I lobbied for her room (a better room) and moved into it for 2011-2012. I stayed in the same place for 2012-2013. Then I packed up and moved to Missouri for 2013-2014. Then I packed up and moved to Colorado for 2014-2015. THEN, I got a position at a different school (my first voluntary school move ever) and packed up and moved across town for this past school year. I've only ever been in the same room for two years in a row. But I've taught for 6 years now. Those are startling statistics to me.
So, for next year, I will be in the same place, doing the same thing, with the exact same people. That is very strange to me and, I admit, seems a little boring. I feel like cleaning out files, and packing up boxes, and moving around furniture. I'm so used to that part of springtime. However, I will use this energy to get ready for next year. To be honest, I feel like it's time to PCS because we've been here for two years now.
I have NO idea where we're going next or how long from now that will be or what our long-term plan is. These days, having no plan has become my plan. While that's kinda nice (I get bored easily), it's such an odd way to live.
In fact, if Scott stays in the military, we may get to stay here for a few more years (if all goes according to a fictitious plan) or we could choose to go just about anywhere for what it is that he wants to do. We could even go back to a place we've already been...because it's terrifying to move somewhere new. I truly have no idea what's coming next. Which is part of why I focus on one week at a time right now...no control anyway, so I won't worry about that part of things.
As for this summer, I plan on REALLY focusing on getting some teaching material on this blog. Pinning-tips that make sense (i.e. not stuff from Buzzfeed), strategies, etc. I'm not one to make my own worksheets for teacherspayteachers.com or anything (I just steal everyone else's...), but I have a wealth of information to offer at this point, so I'll be putting that out there.
Cheers to the end of another school year!