My principal asked us to fill out a form specifying our grade level preferences for next year, and my number one preference is to loop up with my class. I don’t that it’s been done much in TFA or at my school, but all the research indicates that looping up with kids maximizes instructional time, builds better relationships, and promotes parent involvement. I feel like I’ve worked so hard to get my scholars ready to read, and I would love the opportunity to push them even farther next year. I’ve taken a little heat from my administration and even the kindergarten team for wanting to do this, but I truly believe it’s what is best for the kids. It would be fun to get a new class, and I’m sure I would more effective next year than I was this year, but I feel a sense of loyalty to the families I serve now. I know that it would probably be more work to learn a new curriculum and set of paperwork expectations, but I am willing to learn and challenge myself for the sake of pushing these students and truly changing the trajectory of their lives.
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