Last year was my third as a first grade teacher. Don't get me wrong, I love the kiddos - there is so much growth in first grade! However... I student taught in 3rd grade, and really, really enjoyed it, because there is so much more depth (I've been told I need to teach 4th & up through high school) to the material. I want to teach kids to communicate effectively (i.e., correct usage, how to write meaningful passages, etc.), how to find the meaning in what they read, why we do the things we do and say the things we say. We simply don't have time for that in first grade, and they aren't ready for it - they (at least in our area) are still decoding and working too hard on the words themselves to get far in other areas. So, last year, I asked my P if I could move to 3rd. He was considering it, when informed that, due to money issues, he would not be returning (he had already retired and come back). In addition, the district is raising the student/teacher ratio, but we (the teachers) already know that there will be an opening for a 3rd grade teacher (we have 2 first, 2 second, 1 third, 2 fourth & 1 fifth - not enough kids for another fifth yet). Here's the dilemna. We definitely have a new P coming this year. She should be at the school next week. Do I.. Stay in first, where I already know the material and routines, etc., and just deal with "learning" a new P's expectations? or do I go ahead and ask for 3rd, and just have everything new? I do NOT want to go to the school and set up my class for first, only to have to tear it down and move to another room. I also would LOVE some time to plan if I'm moving to third. Does this make any sense??? Aaaarrrgghhh!