"How tall are you?"
(Answer: I'm six foot seven inches)
"Did you play basketball?"
(Answer: Ummmm .... yes)
"You've taught 4th, 5th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, and then 2nd again? Which grade is your favorite?
(Answer(s): Yes, and they all are my favorite)
"Why? You MUST have a favorite grade level to teach!!!"
(Answer: No. I really don't. When I signed up to be a teacher, I signed up because I wanted to make a difference in people's lives. I wanted to work with a team of dedicated professionals because teachers are some of the people who helped me through life. This profession doesn't have "favorites." If you start getting into that, you might as well ask me which of my own children is my favorite... and I'll give you the same answer. Each grade level has positive attributes attached to it, and some things that might be less than desirable.
Isn't that life, though?
Soon after my classes started in college, I knew this profession was going to be a challenge... a BIG challenge ... and it gets harder each year. That's why I need to be a team player, and wherever my administration feels that I need to be, THAT'S where I'll go. They know that, and that's maybe why I've moved so much in my career, because it doesn't matter.
I'm going to bring my "A" game everyday for every student that walks through that door, no matter how I'm feeling or what's going on in my life... because it's not about me, and what's my favorite ___________. (whatever it may be... you fill in the blank).
My favorite grade level?
The answer is "Yes."