I was just reading some tweets about teachers who are just now finding out their courses for this coming school year and I was reminded again of the benefits of teaching in a small town/school. So it inspired this post! In no particular order, #5things I Like about Teaching in a Small Town:
1. I know my schedule before summer starts
Pretty much my schedule stays the same from year to year unless I advocate for it to change. Which is fairly easy because in order to rearrange math classes I only need to get two other math teachers and the principal or the counselor together in order to suggest and possibly implement a change. Otherwise things stay the same and I know what to expect.
2. I can talk to the 8th grade math teacher...whenever
If I have a question about my students prior experiences I can email, call, or stop by and visit the 8th grade math teacher easily. She is always open to discussing how to help our students best transition.
3. I can walk to school
I get to live just a few blocks from the school (thanks to my in-laws who we rent from). So it is an easy walk to and from school each day. Much preferred over the hour drive I did before we moved to town.
4. I get to really know people
I get to know my students and the other teachers really well. I have already had interactions with many students who will be in my class in the upcoming year. And the more years I spend in the same district, the more I get to know my students' families, too.
5. My principal is always there
If I need something or want to pass something by, I can always find her. She is supportive and aware of what is going on in every classroom. She works hard to do a "walk-through" everyday. It is nice to have that kind of support!