Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Changes


Thursday was my last day at my school. Luckily it was so insanely busy that I didn't have much of a chance to get too sad. I got lots of visits, lots of treats, lots of sweet yearbook messages, lots of pictures, and lots of thoughtful, caring goodbyes from my students. They made signs and cupcakes and cards for me and I felt very, very special.


I love this canvas from one of my favorite girls. I'm going to hang it in my new classroom.

Yup...I'm going to have a new classroom. Last week I was offered a position teaching middle school in my same district and I took it.

I can't thank you all enough for your support and kind words on my job situation. I'm convinced that it is all the good energy that you put out in the universe on my behalf that led this job my way. The truth is, I've never taught middle school before and I know very little about it. I identify very much with teaching high school. I relate so well to high school students, and I know almost nothing about middle school-aged kids. This is going to be a big, big challenge for me.

But who knows...maybe I'll love it. And maybe it will inspire me to write some MG.

I have a lot of reading and planning to do this summer...a summer that is already packed with travel and starting my MFA and finishing my WIP. So much for relaxing, right? I guess I never did like things to be boring.

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  1. Yay yay yay :D I am STILL doing the happy dance for you :D I cannot wait to hear your experience with Middle Grade! And about your summer and about your MFA...Some exciting stuff coming up for you Jessica and you deserve all of them and more :D
    Don't hesitate to let me know if you want to come crash in Germany :D

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    1. I'm in the process of catching up on my inbox, so I will be getting back to you re: my Europe trip soon. :-)

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  2. YES!!!! I am so happy for you! And I know you will be a huge inspiration to any reader at any age - SO HAPPY for you! Have fun this summer!

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    1. Thanks Alison! I'm going to have to do some major sorting in my classroom library, but it will be fun. :-)

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  3. That' awesome. So happy for you. Amen!

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  4. Congrats!! I'm so happy for you

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  5. That's great news! Congratulations. I can't wait to hear about your new school and students. Middle school is so different from high school, and it can be harder--but it can also be so amazing, because the kids are still motivated by actual learning and get so excited about things. I did NaNoWriMo with 6th graders and one of them beat my word count! Enjoy your summer--you deserve it!

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    1. Oh wow, that's awesome! Maybe I'll try NaNo this year with them...

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  6. So very happy to hear about your good news. I went from teaching high school to middle school, and I was surprised at how easy the shift was. I'm not sure what grades middle school encompasses, but junior high (where I taught) was grades 7-9. I was amazed at how easy these kids were to relate to and to build up a rapport with. Think how much great advice you'll have to offer to the kids just on the verge of going off to high school.

    Sounds like you have a very busy summer ahead of you. Hope you still have time to kick back, relax, and recharge before the fall. :)

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    1. It's 7th and 8th grade. I already teach 9th grade, so I'm hoping it's not *too* different. We'll see. :-)

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  7. I'm so happy that you found a new job!! I'm sure you'll do great with middle schoolers. In the meantime, have a great summer! Mine will also be packed. :)

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    1. Yay for packed summers! So much fun, but not very relaxing. :-)

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  8. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

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  9. Oh what fantastic news! I'm so happy for you!! You are going to ROCK middle school!

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  10. I'm so happy you found a new position! Congrats and best of luck :)

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  11. Congratulations again! I know you will do great. My sister teaches 7th grade math and she loves it. I went as a chaperone for the 8th grade trip to Springfield twice, and I actually had a really good time. For the most part, the kids were great and I found I could relate to them in some ways.

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    1. I haven't been around middle school kids since I was in middle school. :-\ It's going to be a bit of an adjustment.

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  12. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so happy you took the MG job.

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  13. Yay! Congrats, Jess! I taught middle school/junior high and really, really loved it. It'll be an adjustment, but I think you'll learn to enjoy it too. The kids that age are old enough to engage in intelligent dialogue but young enough that they're not totally jaded yet.

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    1. I feel like people who have taught it either love it or hate it...I need to talk to more lovers like you so I'm not as scared!

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  14. I'm so excited for you! Congratulations!!!! I'm sure middle school kids will love you just as much as the high schoolers.

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  15. That is AWESOME! My YA novels are actually more popular with MSers than with HSers for the most part, so they ARE reading YA. I think MG novels are most often read by 3rd to 6th graders. My experience is that 7th and 8th graders are hungry for YA novels that are appropriate for them. And there's quite a bit out there, really, when you think about it. I think you'll be surprised!

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    1. I think so, too, Lisa. I don't even really know what their reading/maturity level is, but it sounds like I will be able to share a lot more with them than I realize!

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  16. That's great news! Congratulations!

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  17. Yay, Jess! I'm so happy for you, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this job turns out to be perfect for you. Oh, and that canvas is stunning... What a talented group of students you must have had!

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    1. My students are such a special bunch. That particular girl also painted me an absolutely gorgeous picture with the lyrics of my favorite song on it. I use it as my computer and tablet background now. I love her stuff!

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  18. Yay, that's great news! Congrats!

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    1. Thanks Kate! I'm totally happy dancing over here.

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  19. Huzzah! You will be great! Yay for employment!

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  20. Congratulations! And you'll be fine with the younger age group--from what I remember, at that age we like to be treated like we're older if anything. :)

    And haha, your summer "relaxation" sounds a lot like mine...

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  21. Congrats on the new job! And don't worry, middle school is super fun =)

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  22. I'm just now catching up on your last few posts, and I am SO SORRY you had to go through this again, but I am SO HAPPY you already have a solution. Whatever it is, I'm sure you'll totally rock it :)

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