So, this morning, I woke up ready for the first day of school. But, to be honest, that certain special level of excitement was missing. I didn't necessarily notice its absence, until.... I checked my email before I got out of bed and saw my nieces and nephews posing for their annual first day of school photos and I remembered just how excited our students are for the first day.
I thought about this all day long as I greeted each student to our school this year and visited classrooms to start the year off of a great note.
The important part of setting aside all of the preparation, worry, and work of launching a new school year is remembering that our students, no matter how young, start today wondering how their year is going to go. They may wonder:
- Will my teacher like me?
- Will my teacher help me make friends?
- Will my teacher pick on me?
- Will my teacher see how hard I try?