Thursday, August 7, 2008

Attention Please

I need everyone to sit down for a moment...I'll wait. All set? I am officially a middle school English/Language Arts (ELA) teacher for the upcoming school year!!!! I received my contract this afternoon in the mail (I accepted the position last Monday) so I feel comfortable now announcing it to all my faithful reader (Dougie and Yellie, lol). I am so pumped and excited and nervous and overwhelmed all at the same time. I never thought I would really be a teacher, even though I aced the program and had a successful student teaching experience. But my dreams of being a teacher, my fantasy since I was in preschool, is finally true!!!

Some of you may be saying... Middle school?! Really? Yes really. It wasn't what I had pictured (since I always thought I would teach high school) but I am actually excited about this opportunity. Since I just did student teaching at the high school level, I think it would be a great comparison. So I'll have to let you know what I think.

I'm going to my school tomorrow to check out my room and start organizing myself. Classes start the 27th (eek!!!) so I wanted to be ready to go!!! So that's my news... I still can't believe it :-)


Danielle A. said...

YAY!!! Congratulations!!!! I am so incredibly happy for you. After 13 years of hearing how you wanted to be a teacher - now you get to be one!!!! :)

ms-teacher said...

Congratulations to you! The biggest thing with middle schoolers is that they need to know you care in a real way. They also need to know that you will hold them accountable, both good and bad, for everything they do.

Let me know if you need anything. You'll be fine :)

Laura said...

If you can laugh.
If you can roll with it.
If you can stomach popular culture enough to talk about it.
If you can switch gears fast.
If you are comfortable making boundaries.
If you realize they need adults that care about them- NOT ADULT FRIENDS. THEY HAVE FRIENDS>
If you can pause for bad jokes (that they tell)
If you can remember that they will "change hats" from day to day
If you can let them know you LIKE can be a GREAT middle school teacher.
(I've been doing it for 21 years. This is 22.)
I am VERY excited for you and your new adventures. I look forward to reading about them.