They are the cutest group of 9 and 10 year olds you could ask for. Every morning I wake up so tired and not ready for another day, but then I enter the school and instantly my energy level picks up. Even though some days I am just being a great actress, most days I really am excited over teaching nouns, fractions, states and capitals, etc. They love learning and seeing their excitement is the best motivator.
So today I am loving my class. I never thought I would become a teacher, but now that I am, I don't think I could do anything else.
Top 10 reasons I love my class:
1. They are so funny
Yesterday one of my boys asked me who my favorite composer was. I said I thought Mozart was pretty cool and talented. I then asked him who his favorite composer was. His reply? Lady Gaga...
2. They remind me of what 4th grade was like.
Many things have changed since I was in fourth grade (A cell phone went off in my class two weeks ago...). But some things are still very much the same. For example, one of their favorite things to do is vote. During lunch or free time you will always hear someone yelling, "raise your hand if you like tomatoes!" Or raise your hand if you like soccer better than football" They love making their likes and dislikes known.
3. They are still young enough to like me.
I still get hugs at the end of the day. Enough said.
4. They are sneaky little things.
They think they have me completely fooled when they say their dog ate their homework (really, I get that excuse at least once a week). I go along with it until I talk to mom and get the real low down. So funny.
5. They are starting to like the opposite sex.
They are realizing that little crushes are a possibility. I am starting to see flirting and giggling at its finest. They are so innocent.
6. Learning is still fun.
I may not plan the most exciting lessons all the time, but they love learning and telling me new facts. They bring me (unassigned) reports they did at home on unicorns, polar bears, and other random animals because they simply enjoy learning about them.
7. The Santa Factor.
Christmas was interesting because half my class believes and loves everything about Christmas, the other half knows the truth and wants everyone to know that they are not a baby anymore who believes in Santa. It made for some very interesting conversations and tears. Through it all, my believers still believed. It was so great.
I know this sounds shallow, but my class is so sweet to me. They tell me I'm funny and pretty and nice. I tell them I'm mean but they just laugh at me. I do need to work on being a bit more strict, but I have a hard time with that. They all gave me Christmas gifts and Valentines with the sweetest cards attached. They are finally figuring out how to string sentences together to form a paragraph. It makes for some pretty funny cards.
9. They keep things movin'
I love that I don't work behind a computer everyday. Every day is different. Friday I helped pull out a tooth, other days I'm a counselor, some days I'm the mean one, and others I'm a playmate at recess. Every day is so different and I love the variety they add to my life.
10. They are kids!
How lucky am I to work with kids all day? I love their age because I don't have to babysit them, but they still have so much innocence about them. They will talk to me about grown up things like Cancer, but then still want to hold my hand at recess. They are so curious, yet full of so much joy; no matter what is going on in their life.
So there ya go! My lengthy list of 10 reasons why I love my class. There are so many more, but I had to limit myself. I don't know if I'm allowed to post a picture of my class, so I'm not going to. But picture cute girls with headbands or pony tails with a white blouse tucked into red and blue plaid, pleated skirts, with blue knee high socks and black shoes. Picture my boys with short haircuts, white shirts tucked into gray pants with blue and red striped ties. So classy.
Mrs. Davis :)