Ready, Set, Go!
Here it is, the night before the first day of classes.
I can never sleep very well the night before I start teaching. I am full of thoughts, wondering what my classes will be like, whether my lessons will work like I have planned them or if I will wind up with extra time to fill or run out of time without finishing things. Will that kid who I wrote up for loitering in the hallway during classtime last year and who is now in my class make trouble? Will we continue with our SSR program once a week or will it really switch to twice?
But I’m ready. I’ve got seating charts ready, filled in with names in alphabetical order. I have lists of medical concerns, IEP accommodations, fire drill dates, and one of those plastic accordion files with a slot for papers from each class that I teach. I have my camera and extra batteries! I have lesson plans, equipment that I got ready on Friday, and my tea, ready to brew as soon as I get in.
I know that I am good at this job and I can train my new freshman homeroom to show up on time and stand in line during fire drills. I know that after I do the mystery box, kids will be hankering to know what is inside, and will bring it up throughout the year. I know my students will treasure their “highest physics test score” pencils all year. And I know the science office will remain well-stocked with chocolate.
The new school year is like a fresh clean piece of paper with nothing written on it. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens, but I am anxious with anticipation. I felt this way the night before my wedding, too. Every school year it happens. I hate this night. But I love what comes after.
I had a great year with great students last year. I hope this year is even better!