It's been a long year. I have one more week and then I have a week off. I'm not as negative about teaching as I was last year, but I still feel that middle school is not the right place for me. I will continue to try to find an elementary (k-5) position, but usually when a principal posts a job, they already have someone in mind, so finding another position is not that easy.
I have certainly learned a lot, but it takes a special kind of animal to teach middle school kids and that is not me. They need an elephant and I'm a raccoon, if that makes any sense. I don't feel like I am making a difference.
Next year I will be teaching two, 6th grade math classes and one advanced 7th grade class, which I am actually looking forward to. Now that I have 2 years under my belt, I feel much more confident in my abilities and how to handle the children. The sixth graders are like babies and have not been, let's say, corrupted, yet. The advanced 7th graders (many gifted in math) at least have the skills that allow them not to be frustrated and we can move at a faster clip. Many of them are so bright that they will skip 8th grade math altogether and move right on to Algebra.
Eighth grade has been a real challenge for me. At least half of my 8th graders know me because they had me in 7th grade last year, but the other half are mature beyond their years, have no motivation, don't care what the consequences are and have parents that are either checked out or nonexistent.
I now have 25 desks so I've had to do some adjusting of the environment in my room.
NOW SMILE AND GET BACK TO WORK!