You are SO right about trying to teach the same grade for multiple years. I have now been teaching 3rd grade for 8 years, and each year becomes easier since I know the curriculum so well and am not spending my time creating all new materials for the lessons I teach. I have been lucky to be able to maintain my position, but many of my colleagues are switched to different grade levels without being given a choice (due to fluctuating enrollment).
It overwhelms me to even think about switching grades at this point with my two little ones at home. The amount of time it would take outside of the teaching day for me to create all new lesson plans and learn the curriculum might make me choose to stay at home:)
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