What a Week and Solstice Sale

To say this week has been insane would be an understatement. For those of you who are impatient and maybe have a gazillion blogs to catch up on today, I have a new job! For those of you with some time, keep reading the get the story.

I am a creature of habit. I hate change. When I did my student teaching, it was in my home district, even though I had to drive 45 minutes to get there. When I subbed that first year our of college, it was mostly in my home district. That led to a full-time job there. When I got married, we moved slightly closer, partway between my job and my husband's job. Still, it was a 30-minute drive. Living in Iowa, winters can get pretty rough, which made driving conditions horrible. And with my oldest starting school, I just wanted to be closer to home since she wouldn't be attending. So I started applying other places whenever I could, but I wasn't sure that I wanted to leave the good thing that I had at my job. Didn't matter, though, since I had a lot of experience and my masters, which made me expensive.

A couple of years ago, things started shuffling around internally in my district. Change was coming whether I liked it or not. That's when I started this blog. Anyway, the change has been okay. I did two years of one section of ELA and three sections of SS. As many of you know, I was supposed to do three 90-minute blocks of math since things were shuffled again due to budget cuts and staff that got pink slipped. (I believe that most, if not all, of them got called back because other staff members ended up getting jobs in other districts.) I like math fine. I actually like it a lot. And with my 15 years of experience and my masters, I was too expensive to go elsewhere. Or so I thought...

When we got back from Disney last week, there was a message on my machine from a different school from a district in which I applied. It's clear on the other side of the district, which is a half-hour away, but it was for fifth grade, so I gave it a shot. I interviewed on Tuesday, and the first thing that I was told was that it was a one-year position, and then I would be transferred to the other side of the district, ie. within ten minutes of my house. Later that day, I started to get messages from my references that they had been contacted, and I was offered the job the next day. Needless to say, I accepted. One more year of driving, but this district is good about calling snow days and late starts because of their location. I feel so incredibly blessed to have been given this opportunity.

So what does this mean for you? I will now be sharing ideas and experiences about all fifth grade subjects - ELA, SS, math, and science (which I have never taught before - so those posts may be amusing). I'm trying so hard to not let this consume my summer, but my brain has been buzzing since Tuesday. So wish me luck with that...

In celebration, I decided to participate in this weekend's Solstice Sale. My {ENTIRE store} (yes, even the bundles) are 20% off on Saturday and Sunday.

You might be interested in my {Everything Bundle} for ELA centers. Right now, it includes six ELA center products, but I will be adding more as I make them, so snatch them up now! The price will only go up, and my bundles won't be on sale during back-to-school.

If you want to find other stores on sale or add your own, visit {Deb's blog}.


  1. Hi Diane,
    Congratulations on the new job! I also have found that having my master's and experience has made it almost impossible to work closer to my home. My drive is 35 minutes on a good day but snow and ice make it an hour! A 10 minute drive sounds like my dream job!

    The Math Maniac

  2. Congrats on the new job! I hate change, but realize that it's necessary, especially in teaching. Can't wait to read your posts!

    Swinging for Success
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  3. Thanks for sharing! I'm currently trying to find a position closer to my family, but it is proving difficult with my experience and Master's. At least there's hope! =)

    Third Grade in the First State

  4. Congrats on the new job!! Change is always hard, but I'm sure it's for the better!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  5. Congrats! Check out The Science Penguin for science stuff!

  6. Congrats on the new job!! I'm switching subjects next year but staying at the same school and I'm also trying not to let it consume my summer.

    Fantastic Fifth Grade Friends

  7. Congratulations on your new job. I am glad things worked out for you, because in the end they will work out for all of us as you create things for your new position. Don't you just love fifth grade? Will you still be in a middle school setting, or will you be in elementary? Just curious.

  8. Yay!!! I'm so excited for you, Diane! I hope this year is the best yet and I can't wait to read about your new adventure on your blog! Congrats!

    Tales of a Teacher

  9. Congrats! I'll think you'll have a of fun with all the subjects~you certainly have some awesome ideas for the ones you have taught! Looking forward to reading about your adventure!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  10. Congratulations on the new job! I think it's very brave of you to make this change. I have often thought of looking in other districts but like you, thought I was too expensive. I think you will enjoy teaching new subjects! Best of luck!

    Forever in Fifth Grade

  11. That's terrific, Diane! Congratulations! Good for you for trying and succeeding. Commuting stinks. I've never lived closer than 20 min. to my school. With kids, you wanna be closer to home. Do that one year, and then you'll be home free! : )

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  12. Congratulations! I'm lucky to live within 5 minutes of my school! I was originally pink slipped my first year and then hired back to my current school. I was worried about being hired again because my district is huge and my commute could of ended being horrible, especially in AK winters. I'm excited about you moving to 5th grade…so am I! Best of luck and I will join you in the attempt to not let it consume us. :)
    Simple Insights

  13. Hooray!! Congratulations- that's so exciting!! I look forward to hearing all about your experience! I love teaching each subject- it provides for a refreshing change of pace each time you switch, making the day fllyyyyy by.

    Happy weekend :)

    XO, Kelly Anne

  14. Congrats! What a great opportunity! The shorter commute would entice me, too!

  15. Congratulations! Change is hard for me too because I'm always thinking that the grass isn't always greener....but then sometimes it is! :) Best of luck for next year - I'll be following along!

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  16. Woo-hoo! Congratulations on the new job! That's so exciting. :)
    Southern Fried Teachin’


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