In one short week hundreds of smiling faces will walk through the doors of my school, ready to start a new year. They’ll be dressed in their favorite back to school outfit, sporting their new haircuts and shoes, and excited to fill their specially selected notebook with doodles, notes and math problems. The first day of school has always been a day full of mixed emotions for me, and this year is no exception! I am so ready to start my second year of teaching, but the nervous jitters are still there. I can’t wait to meet my new set of students and to get this year underway. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m ready to tackle it nonetheless.
So to start this school year off with some smiles and laughs I decided to put together a list of five reasons why teaching is the best job you could have. I hope you laugh along and add to the list in the comments below!
1. You get to look cool around your family members when you show off the super hip dance move one of your students just taught you.
Go ahead and show off your whip and nae nae, do a little dab, and (if you’re feeling really special) throw it back to 2012 and show them some Gangnam Style. You will not only be the talk of the night, but all your family members will think you are the coolest adult ever and want to be just like you when they grow up.
2. You can wear stretchy skirts and comfy shoes, all in the name of “flexible seating time”.
But really though. One of my favorite parts about my job is that I get to wear some of my favorite and most comfortable clothes. I have more maxi skirts, flow-y shirts and flats now than I ever had before. And yes, it does make sitting on the floor with my kiddos much easier to accomplish!
3. One word: food.
Monthly potlucks, random snacks in the lounge, student gifts, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, birthdays… y’all the list goes on and on. And yes, I do not say no.
4. Your ninja skills are up to par, due to jumping away from cockroaches, skirting runny noses and dodging the occasional pencil thrown across the room.
Flu season is no joke! Neither are the roaches that seem to thrive in every school I’ve been in. Thankfully I’ve mastered the art of either killing them with a student’s shoe or sending out the bravest kid to do the task for me.
5. You can buy school supplies without people thinking you’re crazy.
Growing up, school supplies shopping was always my favorite thing to do before school started. I still get a little excited when I see the school supplies hit store shelves (if not super anxious because it signifies the beginning of the end of summer), and thank goodness I can still justify buying it! There’s just something special and fun about buying lots of pretty notebooks, colored pens and a jumbo pack of crayons. Now I just call it “shopping for my kids” and no one thinks twice about it.
To all my teacher friends out there, I hope you have an amazing year!