Thank you. It really does feel that way sometimes. I have no idea how something I actively resisted for so long could feel so right and perfect. And it’s not just because I’m currently full of warm fuzzies. The reality is that I’m really quite exhausted, and overwhelmed, and underpaid, but for whatever reason I love it. This is exactly where I want to be.
“You were like a mom to me. If I have no one, I know I have you.”
“Three pages and 80 lines won’t explain to you how much you mean to me, but you know.”
“I look forward to coming to your class and learning. You have inspired me to improve my grades. And when I say have a good day when I leave your class it’s because you deserve it. I just want you to know that all of the students love you and you are one of the best things to happen to _____ Middle School in a long time.”
“I know one day you will be a great mom.”
“You have become my favorite teacher and let’s be honest, we didn’t see that coming.” -from the girl who once told me she wished there were two reading teachers so she didn’t have to have me.
I found out this morning about the switch and have since experienced the strangest mix of emotions. Long story short: the 7th grade team this year has become toxic so they need to mix them up and interject some positivity. (And probably force some folks out.) The team was also very weak in the language arts department and based on the strength of my instruction he wants to move me down to partner with another ELA teacher who they can’t get to retire. Which means I’ll be carrying the load a bit.
It’s also a gift of sorts since my principal doesn’t want me to have to deal with the mess that is the current 7th grade group so early in my career.
So while I’m devastated to leave a few of my teammates behind (one is moving with me), and to give up all of the fun stuff that comes with teaching 8th graders, I’m also really flattered and a little excited.
Cue the weird mix of smiling and sobbing here.