I have been teaching middle school since I was 21 years old.
That's kinda scary to think about.
It makes me feel old.
When I walked into my first classroom as the teacher, I was petrified.
I was convinced the kids would eat me alive.
But they didn't.
And I fell in love with my profession.
I am now 28, almost 29.
In all those years, I have taught more than 500 kiddos.
But to me, they are so much more than students.
They are these wonderful human beings I get to spend my time with.
They humble me, amuse me and inspire me.
And sometimes, I do things for them that I would do for no one else.
Like take an overnight camping trip to a place called Little Ding Dong.
The best way I can describe this camp experience is like an American summer camp.
The kids got to do fun activities: rock climbing, skiing & sledding (it's a looooong story), walking a tight rope and using paintball guns.
They had to sleep in tents they set up themselves.
They had to make their own food.
They got to put on performances around a bonfire.
They got to use glow sticks and jump around and be really loud + obnoxious.
Basically, they just got to have a lot of fun on a Monday and Tuesday instead of spend their time indoors at school.
I mean, that's not to say my class isn't really fun (I mean, really, we just did literary speed dating!)... although, we never play around with fire or glow sticks.
Anyway, like I said, I do things for them I would do for no one else.
Like dance on a barrel to Gangnam Style while they all watch and follow along, despite the fact that I may be the only person on the planet who does not actually know the dance to this bizarre song.
And not run fleeing from a warehouse that has a bonfire exploding fireworks out of it only 15 feet away from me.
Or eat food that they cooked (even after a few catastrophes: lighting oil on fire and dropping critical ingredients on the ground).
Yes, these are the things I do for them.
But they are worth it.
And even though I hope I never have to, I would do all these things for them again.
If you knew them, you would too!
To say they had a good time would be a vast understatement!
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