I almost threw in my hat, called it quits and rode off into the sunset. Moving to a new school is stressful enough without added drama. My life has been a CIRCUS! Since I first interviewed with my new school, I've had 4 different job titles - yup FOUR!!! This is a big deal to someone who is borderline OCD. I would no longer be self-contained and had to take 30 more students into my classroom (although now I would be team-teaching). We'd only been in school 3 weeks and I was about to lose it. I'm used to change and working with transient students, but this was pushing it. I figured that I could sub for a year and find a job that was better suited to my sanity.
I talked to my principal and she was very understanding and agreed to get me help re-organizing my room to accommodate the changes. She sent a retired teacher/principal to help me prepare all my student notebooks, journals, book boxes and etc. She was a Godsend and knew just what to say to comfort my frantic mind. Now I think I might just be able to do this...with God's help!
Well now that I have to switch classes with another teacher, I need a way to keep my classroom management under-control. I send my students to my partner teacher with a clipboard that tracks students. I use this weekly behavior sheet to track who has turned in homework and has broken classroom rules. It's very handy tool at the end of the day when I send home behavior sheets to parents because they know exactly why their student has had a color change.