I teach middle school English at a Title I school in a large city. I had never considered teaching as a career, but found myself jobless after graduating with an English degree and thought teaching would be so easy!
(It wasn't. It was like a roller-coaster. In fact, if teaching was an actual roller-coaster instead of just an emotional one, it would be that crazy old wooden roller-coaster. Sometimes fun, sometimes "I'm going to die," and always just one loose screw away from collapsing.)
I started this blog during that first semester of teaching as a way to keep my mom and several close friends up-to-speed on the goings-on of my life as a teacher. I quickly realized that I would need to keep writing as a way to both process the changes that were happening within and around me and also to keep track of my teaching stories.
Five years later and I'm still trying to figure this teaching gig out. It's a fun, heartbreaking, hilarious, challenging, character-testing, deeply rewarding, and other-contradicting-adjectives journey. I write partly to show people who aren't teachers a little bit what the teaching life is like, partly to be in solidarity with other teachers, partly as a way to share the weird/important/funny stories in which I find myself a participant, but mostly to make you, whoever you are, hopefully feel a little less lonely and freakish.
Join me! This will be fun.