After twenty minutes of rearranging, checking sight lines and walking space, I stood in the middle of the room, and took a deep breath. Remember that feeling when you arrive home after a vacation that's been fun, but you're glad to be back on really familiar and comfortable ground? Standing in the middle of my new classroom, that's what I felt in that moment. The last year, and especially the last six months as I have been transitioning out of the department chair role and helping someone new take over, have been emotional for me, and I have sometimes questioned my decision to return to the classroom. In that moment, standing in a classroom bare of decoration, but with the desks arranged the way I like them, the worries of leadership drained away, and the thousand details about teacher schedules, new student placement, and department office construction, all disappeared, and for that moment I was exactly where I belonged.
I am looking forward to my students joining me in my new space.