Ok. So I switched districts for next year. I will officially be teaching 2nd grade Reading/Language/S.S.... I have never taught departmentalized before! I have only taught kinder and first self contained. Therefore, I wanted to see if any of y'all out there have any experience with departmentalization?? Not many schools around the Houston area departmentalize in the primary grades, so I was surprised when this school departmentalizes starting in FIRST!
Don't get me wrong... I am SUPER excited about this new adventure! There are some wonderful things I am looking forward to!
1) It is in a completely new grade level
2) JUST a minute from my house (which I've never had)
3) I will be teaching (focusing on) the subject that I love to teach the most...READING!
I know that with a departmentalized classroom you are writing fewer plans due to fewer subjects but you have MORE students to get to know! So is it an even trade off? Is one easier than the other? I'd hate to use the word easier :-/.....In NO way is teaching easy, but I didn't know what other word to use.
So is there anyone out there who can give me some advice regarding departmentalized classrooms compared to self-contained classrooms???? Can't wait to hear from y'all!!
PS- Here is a little look into my new classroom! I am LUH.VING. all the cubbies, tables instead of desks, the storage space, my huge window (always need to have the natural light shining in), and of course my promethean board (which I have no idea how to use-I am only familiar with SMARTboards)! :)
Thanks in advance for your advice and comments!