Well, here it is, Day 2 and I'm stumped. Why is this question so hard for me right now? I think maybe it's because (as any teacher will tell you) no day of teaching is exactly like any other.
So I guess the thing that I look forward to every day is simply that I get to talk to kids about reading and writing all the time. Reading and writing are the biggest passions that have been with me for my entire life (or at least for as long as I can remember), and I get to have conversations about them every moment of my working day. I get to hardcore nerd-out over my favorite hobbies because it's my job to share how awesome my favorite things are with young, impressionable people. Does it get any better than that? I mean, how many people get to engage in their favorite hobbies all day every day?
And honestly, this might be silly, but I really enjoy talking trash with middle school aged kids. Not dirty or foul or anything like that; just banter. Thirteen and fourteen year olds know how to keep you on your toes in a conversation, and I think talking to them every day keeps me sharp. I have to be quick-witted because middle school teaching is not for the faint of heart. I love it that I can keep up with them and have a response and stay on top of my verbal game for eight hours a day. It can be exhausting, but it's fun, and it's something that gives me pleasure every day, no matter what else is going on.
I teach 7th and 8th grade English in rural Iowa and hope to reflect, connect, and share with other English teachers. Iowa Council of Teachers of English Executive Board member. Iowa Writing Project superfan. UNI MA:TESS graduate.