No, I haven't received a transfer, and at this point I'm not expecting one, but today was a better day than I expected it could be.
Thanks to my sister and my parents, my room is really coming together. I'm also beginning to a feel a renewed sense of camaraderie with my coworkers. And, I sense that my principal is making a real effort to be gracious to me.
I received my class list today, and none of the kids jumped out at me as having a reputation for being a pain in the you-know-what. Of course, only time will tell. The one full-inclusion (and high maintenance) child I was concerned would be placed in my classroom has been placed in the other fourth grade class. That's a relief.
And when the teacher of the three/four combination class asked me to take her kids for math, we worked out a schedule in which she will be present in the classroom with me for at least half of the math lesson after her third graders go home. Although there will be forty children in the classroom during math, all of the kids will benefit by having two teachers then. I will teach the lesson and model the processes on the whiteboard, and she can work the room helping kids as they need it. I think that will work really well.
So, I'm stuck in fourth grade for the thirteenth year. I will escape next year. I will! I will! I will!!!