The dilemna: to accept or not to accept a position working as the Academically/Intellectually Gifted Teacher at another elementary school in the district - full time.
My decision: I accepted it for a variety of reasons that I won't bore you with.
The result: I miss my students terribly. They hold a very special place in my heart and always will. I hope that we will maintain contact from time to time some way, some how. That said... I absolutely love my new role! This position has renewed my teaching spirit and I am feeling very creative again. The liberty that I am able to take integrating enrichment opportunities for students beyond the core curriculum is absolutely invigorating. I have so many ideas that I cannot wait to share.
In the first two weeks, I have already been able to jump in and wrap up an on-going unit with the 4th grade students. They were studying archeology and had done a number of research mini projects along with some grid work and imaginary archeological finds. I stretched it a bit and tied it to paleontology (because I happened to have a T-Rex model fossil simulation) using some empty raised beds behind the school. The pictures convey better than my words, so I will leave you with some photos.