I started teaching in 2012. In my brief career, I have primarily taught 10th grade English Language Arts (with two courses of 9th sprinkled in there somewhere). In 2017, I got a job at a really great district teaching 7th and 8th grade language arts. I. Am. Thrilled.
When I tell people that I’m switching from high school to middle school they say, “but… WHY?! It’s MIDDLE SCHOOL.” That’s exactly why. It’s middle school. They’re silly and smelly and goofy and great and catty and complimentary and still so, so in need of someone to show them that 1. they are loved and 2. learning is still fun.