Elementary Nonfiction

Note: This is the first of two posts celebrating i Love Middle Grade. For more information, visit www.tinyletter.com/iloveMG

I can still remember how I felt when I interviewed for a position at the middle school level…

Driving to the school, I was talking myself out of going. I called myself nuts and crazy at least 100 times. I kept revisiting my middle school experience and how I acted as a middle schooler. Ugh. It was an awfully long drive. Once I arrived I had terrified myself so much I had to give myself a pep talk to proceed with the interview. I took a deep breath and opened the car door.

After about 40 minutes, I walked out in a daze. Was I really okay being a middle school educator if I was offered the job? My first teaching experience… and it was going to be in middle school?! On the drive home I was offered the job. I accepted. I started in a week.

That entire week I was filled with excitement and panic-stricken. I was finally getting my dream of being an educator but not in a high school like I had originally planned. Needless to say I had mixed emotions.

That first week on the job was AMAZING! As the year went on, I knew I wanted to teach no other group than middle school. The students at this level have so much to offer but still want and need guidance. They are coming into their own and realizing who they are and the impact they have. They are smart, witty, emotional, sarcastic, caring people. I know I made the best choice to continue with the interview and I thank the principal each day that I had that opportunity. #iLOVEmg

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