Before we started class, I told them we had a couple of business items to take care of. I explained how I'd wanted to wait to tell them this but that I wanted them to hear it from me so I was telling them now.
"You know how you guys are graduating from here and going off to high school next year? Well, I'm graduating and going to high school, too."
It took them a minute to process, and then the questions came. We had a quite a few laughs about me wearing a graduation robe with them and several started trying to figure out how they were going to convince their parents to let them move to Maine with me. There were some tears and hugs, but a lot of joy.
I was more concerned about telling my 7th graders, but it went well. They were a little shocked, but they asked many good questions and gave me a chance to explain what my new job will be like.
It's such a relief that it is common knowledge now, and I actually felt like my 7th graders responded better to me today. Perhaps they were feeling that they didn't want to waste the time they have with me by being overly obnoxious. I wonder if that will continue through the rest of the year!