Is year 29 as exciting as year one? You bet it is! In year one I was a substitute teacher who just happened to land a long term gig in a 7th grade middle school classroom. I fell in love. Of the first 28 years, I have spent 20 in middle school; and, 19 of these joy-filled years has been in the 8th grade teaching U.S. History. While the technology has changed, I find middle schoolers are still "caught in the middle." This means it's never dull. If you don't like what's happening, just wait....It will change. Likewise, if you like what's happening, just wait....It will change. The goal remains to help each student not be "stuck in the middle."
From day one this year, my students and I periodically recite: "Sing more, dance more, play more, laugh more. Be joyous. Be joyful. Forget about the small stuff. AND, it's all small stuff.
At back to school night this past week, I shared Dean Shareski's "Ted Talk" on JOY. I don't know about you, but I certainly want my students to want to grow up happy and loving a life filled with the JOY of learning.