As of August, I am now a middle school math teacher in the High Desert area of Southern California.
A couple things that took a bit getting used to:
- some students haven’t had their growth spurt yet, others are the same size as high school seniors.
- 45 minute periods
- no prep period
- 3 different lunches, which mean in period 6 there are three bells that ring before I release the kids, and in 5th there are two bells.
- after school dances that start 15 minutes after school
But, I am LOVING it.
In fact, I have been staying too long to work in my classroom, because it is so nice to work there. For the most part, my students are stellar, and I made a good decision in joining this new school.