Whether a student or a teacher, the first days of a new school year bring a mix of excitement and anxiety. Will I fit in? Will I remember my locker com? Will I get lost in the halls? Will the kids make fun of my last name and the fact that I’m from Regina – again?
The first days of school are filled with possibility. This is the year I will be uber organized, the students will learn more than ever before and I will strike the perfect work-life balance.
With two weeks of teaching in, I am reminded of why I got into teaching in the first place.
Here are some of the best things about being a teacher.
- You never really have to grow up. My sense of humour and I have been stuck in middle school for the past 12 years.
- You are learning something new everyday. For example, just a couple of days ago a student taught me what a “dank meme” is. I’ve also learned how to do the newest dance moves including the whip it, the nae nae and the stanky leg – not to be confused with the skanky leg ( I had to correct a colleague on the that one!)
- Participation in a giant dodge ball game is considered professional development.
- You get to (have to) be creative. Gone are the days of copying notes and answering questions in a textbook and I love the challenge of making lessons fun.
- That moment when a student says “Oh – now I get it!”
- And the summer vacation is not too shabby either.
In case some of you want to practice some dance moves, this apparently is what the kids are into these days.