I’ve been waiting, hoping, wondering when it would show up. As the days of summer break dwindled “like sand in the hourglass,” my thoughts began to turn to the new school year. But I was feeling the ending of summer more than anything. Now, at last, waking up this morning, I had that tingle of anticipation when I thought of the days of preparation this coming week leading up the to the August 1 return of our students.
I will “get my toes wet” Monday with a short training on a new computer program the district has adopted this year and a visit to school just to check out my classroom and see who else is hanging out at school getting ready. Tuesday, I’ll spend the day with my ESL “tribe” at our beginning of the year Professional Development. I am excited about this because I get to share what I learned at All Write this summer! I will lead all my teacher friends in “The Good Old Days” writing activity that Ralph Fletcher led all of us to do in the auditorium at Warsaw. I will urge them to become teachers who write and share how much that one choice has impacted me and my teaching.
On Wednesday through Friday, I will be with my colleagues at Ernie Pyle Elementary School as we meet and plan and become a team. We have many new staff members this year, so these days will be crucial. Friday morning we will attend our District Convocation at the State Fairgrounds. Every teacher, administrator, and staff member in the district will be coming together in this rally for the beginning of the year. And on Wednesday through Friday, we will be spending every minute possible making sure our rooms are set up for a great start to the new year. And sneaking in time to have lunch together and just talk with our friends, our co-workers.
The purpose of it all, of course, is to be ready and excited as students come to the first day of school. Don’t you love that day? Greeting the returning students and hearing the stories of summer…welcoming the new students and assuring them they have come to the best school ever…meeting parents. Kids dressed their best…sharp, new pencils and crayons, new folders and notebooks, and new books. Reading and writing, talking and learning…doing school together.
Happy Back to School, everyone!