I'm not going to lie to you; I am beat tired. I can barely keep my eyes open. It's 11:55pm Saturday night, and I can't sleep. My thought are running wild keeping me awake as I think of you. All of you. Teaching you is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. No one will ever grasp how much work a teacher is asked to do. Mountains of procedures and paperwork. Hours of planning and researching. Buckets of sweat in 90 degree portables. Bloody blisters from monitoring and assessing, helping and redirecting. Countless convincing and pleading to focus and have grit. It's exhausting.
But here's my truth. Listen well. You're worth it. You are our future. Can you imagine holding the future in your hands and being responsible in shaping it. I am honored I have been entrusted with this great feat. I will gladly cross the Texas desert blacktop in late August to reach you. I want to be here. And I am committed and determined to teach you how to learn. I will show you how to work hard by working hard for you. Make no mistake; I will prove to you that you can learn anything you set your mind to. I just wanted you to know that about me. And I can't wait to get started!
Your 8th grade ELA teacher,