Imagine being part of a team of 13 talented teachers, with years of experience in different grade levels and subject areas. Imagine being part of a team that meets weekly, collaborates, shares ideas and resources, looks at student work and delegates effectively the million and one things we need to get done.
At first, I had no idea what to expect. I couldn’t really imagine how a team so big could function effectively together. All the schools I’ve worked at before, I had been part of small grade level teams. I was one out of two fifth grade teachers last year. This year, I am one of 13 fifth grade teachers in my school. We have 22 students in each class. If you do the math, that is 286 students in one grade level.
I love that all of our classrooms are all the same floor and we are a few steps away from our colleagues classrooms. I love that I can walk into any of the classrooms and have colleagues that are excited to share with me the work they do. I love that I’m growing so much as a teacher by being part of this team. I love that we are passionate about what we do.
After four months of being part of this team, I can confidently say that we are a dream team. We work hard, we collaborate, we push each other to become better at our profession, and we have fun. As thanksgiving is around the corner, I know that one of the things I’m incredibly thankful for is our dream team of fifth grade teachers, making a difference in the lives of our students, one day at a time.
What are you thankful for this year?