Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The first day of school
Yesterday was the first day of school for our kiddos which in turn means it was also my first day of school. The beginning of a new school year is always bittersweet. You're excited about the new year and all the possibilities. I get really pumped about being a really good teacher and all the cool things I'm gonna do to make my students successful. Then there's the other side, no more lazy days, no more sleeping in, no more lack of responsibility and well honestly being a teacher is just plain exhausting. So yesterday I embarked on another kindergarten journey with a brand new set of kids. Most of them I know from last year in Pre-K and a few are new. I always forget how hard it is at the beginning of the year. The kids are young, they cry, the parents cry, they dont know how to do anything and I mean anything. The kids who were in pre-k last year apparently regressed during the summer because these kids couldnt even walk in a line. So now I have to start all over again and work super hard so that I can get them trained so we can actually begin learning. I'm sure some people think its weird to refer to training my kids but seriously they have to be taught what to do when they finish their work, how to walk in a line, how to go to the bathroom, etc.... and until thats all in place I can't even begin to teach them anything about letters or numbers or learning. I guess if I've made it this many years in kinder though I can make it through one more beginning of the kindergarten year.