I love my job.

I love my job. Seriously, it rocks. And not because we get "summers off" (which, by the way, is definitely not true...I continue working all summer on curriculum, attend week-long workshops and conferences, do home visits, etc...), but because I get to teach and be taught by teenagers everyday.

Since Sunday we've been down at Dauphin Island with the 8th graders on a sea lab expedition. For those of you who don't know, we're an expeditionary school. This means about 35% of our learning happens outside the classroom. Our 8th graders big trip every year is to Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, and in about a month we'll be taking our 7th graders to Tremont Smoky Mountain Institute in Tennessee. These are a huge reason why I love my job so much--learning outside the classroom is awesome. Not just for the kids (who totally dig it and love the expeditions we go go) but for the teachers too. When you're with kids 24-7 for a week straight you learn things...not only about the kiddos but about yourself. I'll spare you all the preachy-esque details and leave you with this: teaching is amazing, stressful, rewarding, exhausting, fantastic, and every other incredibly good / bad adjective you can come up with. I love my job and continue every day to be amazed by the things these middle schoolers can do and teach me.

Here are a few shots from our expedition to Dauphin Island:

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