I have been in the classroom for two weeks now and I just have to say... I am loving it!
Of course, the job does come with some stress and a lot of work, but all of that falls behind the joy I feel every day when I walk into the classroom. I pray silent prayers over each of their desks before they walk in. I wish good things for them. I pray for their families. I hope for a good day, filled with learning and joy.
In a class of just 21, I have all kinds of personalitiess: quiet, talkative, calm, excited, thinkers, speakers, quick to act, slow to act, shy, outgoing. I have some serious lovers in my classroom -- kids who make it a point to give me a hug every single day and write me sweet notes. They tell me how glad they are that I get to come to school with them every day. Nothing makes your heart melt like a six-year-old telling you that he loves you.
People, it just doesn't get any better than that!