I AM BACK. I don't know if that should frighten you. And I know I said I was back once before, but I wasn't quite ready yet. Now I am. My goal this time around is to blog my way through the school year.
Today was the FIRST OFFICIAL DAY FOR TEACHERS in my town. While my children blissfully lay tucked in their beds, I struggled through the unseasonable morning chill and dragged myself back to work. Actually, the only dragging part happened at the gym BEFORE I got to work, but that is mostly because I fell off the exercise wagon during the summer.
It's GO-TIME for teachers. Many of us have been working away - at home or in our classrooms for a bit now. I was at my classroom every day last week, and I wasn't alone. Teachers spend a pretty good chunk of time right at the end of summer to get their classrooms READY.
This year I am teaching Tech skills to our 2nd-5th grade students, and am teaching reading to a group of 4th and 5th graders. I love both of these classes. I am a little sad that I won't get to teach the Kinders and Firsties like I did last year, but there are only so many hours in the day.
This morning I was blasting my GET GOING playlist: Beyonces' Freedom, Found Tonight by Lin-Mauel Miranda, Glorious from the short-lived tv show Rise, and Audra Day's Rise Up. These are pretty standard songs that I listen to on my way to school, or right before my students walk in the door. I've also been known to play a TED talk in the morning to get myself pumped and ready. One of my favorites is a talk I heard at my first ISTE Conference by Jack Gallagher. It is a REALLY awesome talk that he gave about the expectations and limitations he placed on his own son who is on the spectrum. It is a great reminder to never put limitations on what the people around us can achieve.
I'm excited about a fresh, new school year. We are up to our EYEBALLS in changes, but that is pretty much the norm for school. I've learned to accept them - the same way that I accept that whatever class list I am looking at on the first day of school, will still have some new names the next day - or maybe even later in the afternoon.
I wish all careers could have a yearly reboot like we do. It is a pretty awesome benefit of teaching. It isn't as if we stop thinking or even working on improving our practice during the summer, but there is a definite line in the sand from one year to the next; one term to the next. It gives you a chance to reflect, reorganize and even reboot the way things are done in your classroom, and I can imagine that everyone in every job could benefit from that.
I'm throwing a shout out to all my teacher friends out there - working on lists, or name plates, or cutting out 30 pencil-shaped papers, or writing out 30 notes to encourage a bunch of kids they haven't even met yet. It is almost DAY ONE of the 2018 - 2019 school year, and this is going to be a great year.
Keep moving forward,
TOMORROW'S BLOG: GAME ON