So far in my seven year teaching career, I have managed to not teach at the same school for longer than two years. I have spent one year in Yr 2 at one school, two years in Pre Primary in another school, two years in Kindy at yet another school and two years teaching Kindy at my current school (although I had a big ten month break in the middle of this run so it's only really one year).
It looks like this is set to continue as I am unable to continue at my current school next year. If you are unfamiliar with the education department politics and silly rules this may not make a lot of sense but... I am permanent to a different school than where I currently teach. This means I own a position at that school. I applied for the position at my current school, which is a school for children with language delays which only has Kindy, Pre Primary and Year 1 classes. I got the position here but it was a contract, not permanent. For next year, my current school is not advertising any positions and is selecting teachers from a pool. I can't apply for the pool because I am permanent. Only teachers without their permanency can apply to the pool. Which means I have to go back to the other school.
I am a bit sad to be leaving because being at this language school was my dream when I was at uni. I'm so happy I achieved it, even for the short time I was there. I've learnt a lot and really enjoyed seeing kids come in with only a small handful of words or even no words and leaving with a much bigger vocabulary and greater comprehension skills. It's really rewarding to see and the changes are so drastic it's very easy to see them improve.
This other school that I own the position at seems like a nice school too - I haven't actually taught there yet though! I got the transfer to this school a couple of weeks before I was offered the other school and of course I accepted that one instead. I still own the position there though so that's where I will be next year.
Anyhow, I quite enjoy a bit of change as a teacher. I enjoy trying new things and getting new ideas from other staff. I'm not yet ready to return to full time work so I've told the principal I'm looking at two or three days a week. He thinks he may have a Kindy position for me and I mentioned I would also be open to Pre Primary - having taught Kindy for the past four years I'd like to head back to PP at some stage as I really do prefer that age group (4-5yr olds here in WA, Kindy is 3-4yr olds). The principal is going to get back to me early next week he said, with a couple of options. I'm a bit excited and a bit nervous. What to choose? If I taught a Kindy class I would have my own class and do 3 days/wk. It'd be nice to have my own class again because I do miss that, but it would mean planning, lots of paperwork, assessment, reports. Lots of afterhours work. If I did PP I would be sharing the job with someone else or working in a couple of classes while the class teacher is out on planning time. This would be nice also because it wouldn't be so much assessment and reports and planning. But the downfall there is you have to work with someone else and you can't really choose who that might be and how well you will work together. The lady I am working with this year has quite poor behaviour management skills which means the class can be pretty unruly, it's a bit hard to train them into better habits when I'm only in there once a week. I'd like to avoid having to deal with that sort of thing next year.
I'm already daydreaming about having a Kindy class and making plans of things I can do with them. Which makes me think I might be leaning towards doing that? Either way, I can't make any decisions until I'm given some choices to choose from so I'm eagerly awaiting the phone call sometime next week.
Do you like change in your workplace/job or are you a creature of habit?