I love teaching middle school, that much has remained the same. Since I was offered the chance to switch from Spanish (an encore class) to Social Studies (a core class), people have asked which is easier. Both sides feel like they have added responsibilities and that their job is more challenging. I have the unique perspective because I have seen both sides of the debate. Here is my verdict:
Ask me again at the end of the year, I am sure there will be additions for some of the blocks. * These are purely my observations and not based on scientific research or blind peer reviewed evidence. The transition has given me lots of time to reflect.