Looking Back on Teaching Middle School

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  I've been an 8th grade Special Education teacher for about 3 years now. It has been quite a journey. I have cried, laughed, and loved for these three adventurous years and have become a better person overall. I've definitely improved my teaching methods and I'm not nearly as intimidated by 13 and 14-year-olds as I was when I first started. I remember not having a voice or at least maybe having one but not knowing how to use it. I remember being very confused about how the IEP process went and being incredibly nervous when it was my turn to lead my first IEP meeting. But this has been an amazing journey as I found out more about myself and what my purpose is.

  There have been days when I felt that this might not be right for me but I got through it. I not only like teaching them but I love learning more about the kids I teach. I love knowing more about their cultures and traditions hence why I named this blog and my store "Melanin Kidz" since I wanted my online education brand to reflect the diversity of the students I teach. I've learned more Spanish, been exposed to more music, laughed at jokes I never thought I would, and gained a stronger backbone all because of awkward, squeaky voiced adolescents. They made me into the person that I am today. I am not the same Ms. Johnson that walked through Nava Middle School's doors August of 2014 (I'm not even that size anymore lol.) As only a 3rd year teacher, I've become the wise old woman of the younger SPED department that needed my guidance with everything that I didn't know how to do two years ago such as classroom management, writing IEPs, and dealing with controlling general education teachers.

   These 3 years have been a whirlwind but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I even became much closer to one of my co-workers (who now I consider one of my friends) and got to meet so many other awesome people that have helped to inspire me. I even met my now boyfriend of almost a year through that same co-worker who hooked a sista up with her husband's best friend.

   Of course, every single day at Nava has not been sweet but it's those tough days that make you into a better and more resilient teacher. I decided to join Nava for another year. However, I still can't believe I'm about to enter into 4 years of teaching! Time has really flown so quickly and life is still changing for the better. I'm looking forward to another year of SPED and pushing out even more helpful Special Education products on my Teachers Pay Teachers store as well as my children's books.

   Special Education is definitely not for the faint of heart but it sure does take a compassionate and patient one.

Here's to year 4!!!

1 comment

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