Saturday, May 18, 2013

Welcome to The Middle School Chronicles!

            I work in a newly renovated school so when I walked in one morning and heard that a 7th grade math teacher got locked in the bathroom because the knob fell off the door, I knew it was time to start writing.
For years, I've said that I was going to write about my experiences in education.  As the old saying goes, "truth is stranger than fiction" and nothing is stranger than middle school students and teachers.  
I went to college on a teaching fellows scholarship.  As a teaching fellow, I had more opportunities to visit schools than the regular education majors.  I had excellent professors in an awesome school of education program.  However, when I stood in front of my first group of students I realized that I still had a lot to learn.  The world of K-12 education is so beautifully unpredictable that there hasn't (and probably can't) be a textbook written that can prepare someone for all the little surprises that will arise.
            Having said all that, I hope my blog will serve two purposes.  First, I hope to give beginning teachers a "heads up" about what could happen in a school.  Secondly, I hope to give experienced teachers a chance to reflect and hopefully laugh a little as they realize "Hey, it's not just us!"
            As my students would say, I'm going to keep it real. I'm going to tell the truth.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll question.  And, you'll love the profession that much more.