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Keeping My Name

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I am so excited to begin my new teaching job in a few weeks... and FYI (if this is even interesting to anyone, LOL!), I'm going to be teaching 7th grade for the first time this school year. Hmmm... no longer "Teacher of 4th"... but I WILL be keeping my spark name. Seems like it would be a lot of trouble to change it after three years on this amazing site.

At the end of this school year my school district closed the school I'd been teaching at for eight years. We were a high-achieving urban school in a challenging neighborhood, but the district determined we were not "cost effective." It was a tough year emotionally for staff and students alike, but we all landed in good places. Students will begin their new school year at close-by neighborhood schools, and staff were all given choices about where they would like to be transferred to. I decided I was very ready for a change, and I've always wanted to teach middle school. So here goes... in a few weeks I'll be teaching 7th grade math and science at a middle school in our district. I'm excited for the challenge of beginning in a new grade level.

So I'm technically no longer a "teacher of 4th", but I will always have a special place in my heart for that grade level and for the students who passed through my heart during those years.

PS... I welcome any advice from middle school teachers out there!
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    good luck
    I teach highschool turned down middle school because of the hormone thing
    3372 days ago
    Congrats! My grandmother taught 7th grade for many, many years. She said they were her favorites. Old enough not to be tattle-tales (like 6th graders), but not as full of themselves as 8th graders. I hope you enjoy this age as well!
    3551 days ago
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    emoticon Good luck on your new job,
    3552 days ago
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    I did almost this exact switch a couple years ago, but I stayed in my building as we expanded to a K-8 building. Middle school students are exhausting!!! I love working with them but they are very needy...and watch out for the mood swings! My biggest piece of advice is to stay objective and keep a thick skin. They will say things that are not nice when they are angry but they usually don't mean it. This age group is so full of energy and excitement...latch into that enthusiasm and have fun!
    3553 days ago
    Wow! Best to you! dd is just starting out in her teaching career. Grad 11/12 Math ~ she says grades 7/8 students EXHAUST her and she has great respect for those who teach them!

    3553 days ago
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    Good luck on your new teaching assignment. One of my friends is dealing with the same issue of her school closing. That must be difficult for the entire school community. But at least this gave you an opportunity to try something new! Have fun with it!
    3553 days ago
    Best wishes on the new job! Change can be so exciting if we embrace it like you're doing.
    3553 days ago
    I went from 7/8 Resource to 3rd grade after 10 yrs- like you, I was ready for a change.
    My DIL is a middle school English teacher (never play Scrabble with her!)
    My advice- the most unlovable ones are the ones that need your love the most.
    Also, try to remember what your mind was like when you were in 7rh grade. It's a huge year, emotionally (and hormonally) for many kids.
    Best wishes.
    3553 days ago
    Wow, good luck going onto teaching 7th grade. It will indeed be a challenge, I'm sure!
    3553 days ago
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