A few days ago (though officially announced today!) I was asked if I would like to stay on staff after finishing the maternity leave I have been working under now. ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!! As of December 1st (most likely, though the date is not set in stone) I will have my own classroom at the Autism Academy.
It is going to be crazy.
Most days are exhausting.
I don't really know what I'm doing and if I'm handling each student the best way possible; but I am learning.
I am SO grateful that I have a full time job and I do not have to substitute any more.
I cannot wait to call the local school districts that I had initially thought I would be subbing at and tell them, simply, that I cannot!
Yes, I understand it is a "charter school"; a non-public school; not a private school. However, it is still a classroom and I am still a teacher who will be given a group of students to teach :)
I will not pass an opportunity up. I will not turn down a classroom for the sake of "charter school" label.
I will not miss this chance because I am scared of what I don't know....or the exhaustion that is sure to come.
I will know more details in the coming weeks, and I'm certain I'll blog about the transformation of an empty room into my first classroom! I can't wait :)
Any suggestions about setting up a classroom geared for students diagnosed with Autism and/or behavior disorders in a non-public school setting?!?!
What is this I hear about "mood lighting"? Any experiences?