Teaching is a rewarding profession. I get to read books like "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom" and pretend that I chose it for them.
I get to moderate 9th grade class debates about honesty - and watch it all fall apart as final remarks deteriorate into mudslinging. Nodding solemnly as closing arguments produce a chilling confession from a team captain - she did lie about liking her teammate's shoes yesterday*.
I get to have arguments with 6th graders about the height of a fictional child dwarf**.
I get to silently judge my 10th grade boys (all basketball stars) when they shoot for the trash can - and always miss.
I enjoy my work.
I have noticed a few differences, however, between teaching 6th graders and high school. Dwarves notwithstanding, I just feel like I have a little more control with the older kids.
I mean, check out this bad boy in my high school classroom.
"Rock on, Miss Sarah!" - says a generic cool teen, in my dreams.
Now let's mosey on down to 6th grade, shall we?
* We all did.
** It's still too soon to talk about this.