Thursday, May 13, 2010

Adventures in Teaching: SIXTH GRADE

Switching classrooms. 32 huge sweaty, stinky kids. Hormones (theirs not mine.) More parents/report cards/conferences/everything. Did I mention  huge, sweaty, stinky kids? Big kids are less likely to want to please the teacher just because. Having the same group of *lovely children* as two years ago.

Outdoor Education. Not having to explain the verbiage I use on a daily basis. Better social science curriculum. A trip to Greece would be tax deductible. Kids can use scissors on their own. Kids less likely to pee their pants. Two prep periods. Books with words containing more than three, four or five letters. Not having kids make shocking faces and the coordinated loud gasps when they hear the word stupid (or any other not nice word) in a book. 

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." ~Victor Frankl

I did it before, I can do it again. Bring on the sixth graders!


  1. I am so surprised with this news. You are an awesome woman and teacher. I will truly miss working with you. Janel

  2. Cons: Grades, grading papers, sixth graders in May, junior high attitudes, boyfriend/girlfriend drama, girl drama, hormones, way too many bodies in one room.

    Pros: The literature you get to do and the discussions you get to have (my favs- Where the Red Fern Grows and Tuck Everlasting), they get jokes and sarcasm and can joke back with you, no wiping noses, no tying shoes, no tattling, they can correct a lot of their own work, they can help get the room ready for open house. Good luck! We'll talk soon. Gina