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What it’s like to teach Middle School ELA at AMS

ELA teacher Mrs. Dear of AMS Flower talks about what it’s like to teach middle school scholars and what brings her joy to working with 7th and 8th graders.

 

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My name is Mrs. Dear and I am the ELA Middle School teacher for 7th and 8th grade.

 

I came to AMS as a permanent substitute teacher for ELA and within two months, I was hired on as a permanent Ela teacher. I have tried many times to move to various positions on the Flower campus but I have been told that Middle School is my perfect fit.

 

I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I truly love our students. They challenged me everyday and every year I have a class that wants to know if they are the favorite. I hate to tell them all I don't have favorite classes. I love the fact that I am challenged and I'm encouraged to constantly grow. You cannot be stagnant with Middle School students, especially 7th and 8th graders, because they will push you.

 

I've learned so much more about music and styles and lingo. I am not the cool teacher; I am the nerd and they know it. They love me, and they love to challenge me and I appreciate it. It helps me to become a more rounded person and I think if people would just give middle schoolers a chance, you can do it. Whenever I tell anyone that I'm in Middle School ELA teacher, they shake their heads and they're like “I can't believe it…” I love it and I love what I do.

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