Because it is the best feeling in the world when the lights go on above their head.
Because of the kookiness I get to share with them in loving cartoons, sci-fi, and fantasy.
Because they get infected by my obsession with history.
Because of Tom* who made a doorstop for my classroom door so I don’t have to use a desk to prop it open anymore.
Because they laugh when I drop things (I am a klutz, I do it often, I laugh myself).
Because of Kayla* who wrote “Hi Mrs. Morrell” with a flower on her quiz today.
Because of Lopez* and Jose* who actually brought their materials to class and worked hard on the physical map they had to label today.
Because of Jim* who tells me his grandfather was a Navajo Codespeaker and could he please bring stuff in to share when we get to the Navajo next week.
Because they are getting better at paying attention faster.
Because of the excitement they have in competing against each other and testing each other in United States Around the World.
Because of Jake* who misbehaves because of ADHD, but still wants to try and wants me to like him.
Because of Amy* who took out crying Sally* and comforted her and let the office know she was having a breakdown.
Because of my 8th graders working so darn hard at memorizing the 50 United States.
Because of my 7th graders actually understanding the essential question “How does Utah’s geography affect us.”
Because of Sam,* who just emailed me on my official Teacher email saying, “i wanted to tell you thanks for theaching i hope you have a good day.”
Because of all the smiles and bright faces, because of all their wonderful personalities, because of their heads turning to follow me as I walk around the classroom.
Because they are my students and I am their teacher and we are learning together.
A/N ***I changed all names