This is my first year teaching, and I am a math teacher at a high school. I am debating whether or not I want to stay at the high school level. I student taught at a middle school (7th and 8th grade). I love my job, and I love math, but sometimes I miss the middle school level. Some reasons I may want to switch to middle school: -I feel like I am more of a kid at heart, and I love that the younger students still have that "kid" side in them. -I feel like there is less pressure for teachers at the middle school level. High school is a critical time for students, and all that administrators care about are grades and test scores. -I believe that at the middle school level you can still make a difference about how students feel about math. Once students get to high school, they are pretty set on what they like/don't like and most of those students who hated math in middle school continue to hate math and, at this point, don't put any effort into learning the material. (I teach a class of seniors, and of course, they definitely fit this model) -I want to do more "fun" activities, and I feel like high school students are past that stage. We do some cool activities in class, but I love doing the more kid-friendly crafty stuff too. It's hard because I really enjoy the more complex subjects in math at the high school level, but, at the same time, I feel like I can relate better to younger students. I felt more appreciated by my middle school students, and they seemed to want to get to know me more than the high schoolers. I know the one major difference in middle school is the discipline issues (which luckily I don't have too much right now with high school), so that would be the one negative thing about going back. Has anyone felt the same as me, or have any suggestions? It seems like more teachers go from middle school to high school rather than the other way around.