Tuesday will mark our first day of school for teachers, and Wednesday is The Big Event – school officially begins! I spent Friday and Monday preparing our classroom, an experience I view as the beginning rites of a brand new school year. Today (Monday), the hallways echoed with squeaky sneakers and flapping flip flops – as new sixth graders, schedules in hand, tried to memorize how to get from one place to another before Wednesday. Some looked anxious, others looked confident…they will all look terrified, I know, when Wednesday brings big and loud upperclassmen, and the hallways are packed with bodies hurtling from one class to another.
I had a few students step gingerly into our classroom, escorted by their moms who introduced them and assured me that they were very much looking forward to the start of the school year. 15 years of teaching and raising three children of my own have taught me otherwise, but I was happy to see a few of the faces I will be getting to know very well as the year goes on. One wanted to borrow a book right away, and a few others wanted to bounce on our chairs. As they walked around, inspecting the way the desks were arranged, the book shelves, and our meeting area, I began to see the very first signs of our year together.
School year 2015- 2016, here we come…can’t wait to get started!
Here’s a class tour, my first imovie, and not a very good one at that…but our room is ready for another great year of learning: