Tomorrow is my first day of school. It will be interesting to see how much I have grown from my 140 kids when I first started this blog. Anyone want to venture a guess as to the new number? My guess is somewhere around 165-175. We will see tomorrow and I will update then.
For the first time in my 7 years of first days, I am not stressing tomorrow. It is started to feel like a beautiful cycle of ins and outs. My first few years, I had the night before jitters every time:
"Will they like me?"
"Will I like them as much as I liked the last bunch?"
"Will I have a lot of trouble makers?"
"Will they do their work?"
"Will they think I'm fun?"
"Have I forgotten something important I was supposed to do?"
I feel very prepared and I am starting to realize that every year is different, but the same too. Some will like me. Some won't. Each group of students has things I love and things that are difficult, and they are always different, which keeps things interesting. There will always be a few trouble makers. Most of them will do their work. A few will not. I will be better at responding to those few this year than I was the prior year. Some will think I'm fun and some will laugh at my jokes. Some will roll their eyes and wish it was a bigger school with more teacher options so that they could beg their counselors to switch them to the cool guy who just shows movies all year. I will for sure have forgotten something. I will make it work at the last minute somehow anyway.
There is much to be excited about right now. There is a positive energy among the faculty, and I just have this feeling that great things are going to happen.
First day of school... here I come!