Welcome to my classroom (blog). My name is Mrs. Miller, and I’m very happy to have you (or your child) in my class, because I like teaching school, especially middle school. It’s my favorite! I want to help you become more effective students, which will help you be successful people. I’m not here to pick on you or try to flunk or boss you around. I had a lot of older friends, and I got very tired of them telling me what to do all the time. So I try not to be bossy, even though my job is to be the teacher. Somebody has to drive this bus, at least until we get out on the road.
Here’s what I really want you to learn: I want you to be able to analyze other people’s ideas, compare different ideas, and express your own ideas in an intelligent and articulate way. The more command you have of your language sills, the more successful you will be in school, in your work, and in your personal life-especially your love life.
I’m serious. Think about it. We use words to get many of the things we want in life. Of course, you use words to answer questions in school. But you also use words to ask somebody for a date. Or to explain to somebody why you don’t want to take drugs or drink alcohol. Or to convince your parents to let you shave your head or borrow their car. And later on you’ll use words to make your future mother-in-law like you – and if you don’t think that’s important, you’re in for a big surprise.
And speaking of surprises, it may surprise you to learn that everybody starts my class with an A. Whether you keep the A or not is up to you, but I will do my best to help you keep it. And I promise you that if you come to class regularly, cooperate with me, and work hard , you will pass this class.