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Monday, August 21, 2006

The First Day of School

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No matter that it’s my 18th first day of school as a teacher, I still had trouble sleeping last night (despite 2 Tylenol PMs) and I have butterflies this morning.

No matter that I’ll be in the same classroom, SAME STUDENTS, I’m still nervous.

Expectations are high. I know these kids. There won’t be any “getting to know you” time. We can start the first day of school. We know our routines. I know what they know. Because of this, we’re expected to do well this year on the state test.

That’s a big pressure.

But I have faith in my kids. I have relationships with their parents.

So today is just going to be like any other day. I’m going to hug my babies, welcome them back and get to work.

Then come home and take a nap!


At 5:57 AM, Blogger Marianne Arkins said...

School starts so early nowadays. When I was in school (eGADS! I sound like my grandmother), aside from the fact that I had to walk uphill in the snow, both ways, we also started school on the Tuesday following Labor Day and ended the first Friday in June. Always.

Seems that school is about a month longer than it used to be... though I do think that there are more vacation weeks during school than there used to be.

Have a great first day, Mary!!

At 7:02 AM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

Marianne, in Virginia the schools have to start the day after Labor Day - I think it is to squeeze as many tourist dollars they can ou ot that last holiday.

Have a great day, Mary! Keep us posted on those darling kids of yours.

At 8:24 AM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

Good luck with the new year, Mary.

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Sandy Blair said...

I had no idea teachers got the "first day of school" jitters too. Thanks for sharing and hope the day goes well.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Prisakiss said...

My girls started back to school last Wednesday. Boy, holding off until after Labor Day sounds nice. Not too many jitters in our house, unless they had to do with deciding which outfit they should wear that first day back. Ahh, the trials and tribulations of teen and pre-teen girls.

I hope the day goes smoothly for you, Mary. I know your babies will be thrilled to see you again!

At 5:14 PM, Blogger MaryF said...

Marianne, when I was little, we started after Labor Day, too. Since I started teaching, though, it's always been August. Heck, once the teachers went back in JULY! The Great State of Texas passed a law that said the kids have to go back the week of August 21, but some districts get waivers, and the kids go back earlier, like my son. SUPPOSEDLY the kids are supposed to go back later next year. We'll see. Like Diane said, it's all about the tourist $$$.

But we do have a week at Thanksgiving, 2 at Christmas and one in Spring. Plus a number of teacher inservices throughout the year.

My babies and I got right back in the swing. i got mad at myself, though, because another teacher who looped with her kids printed out pictures of her kids from last year, put them on scrapbook paper and put them on her bulletin board. Why didn't I think of that??

Otherwise, it was THE BEST FIRST DAY EVER!

Oh, and Pris, I'm so glad I have a boy. I asked him what he was wearing the first day - do you think he was even worried?

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Colleen Gleason said...

Glad you had a great first day back, Mary! And yes, there's pressure on you, but you wouldn't be in that position if they didn't know you could do it!

We start after Labor Day in MI too, because of tourist dollars also. Believe it or not, Michigan is a big tourism state--the Great Lakes attract both in- and out-of-state travelers.

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous mary beth said...

Have a great year Mary! You and your kids will both do GREAT!

At 5:09 AM, Blogger MaryF said...

Thanks, Colleen and Mary Beth! And be prepared on more posts of how I love my babies.

At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Kimber said...

Loved the graphic.
Back to school...already.

At 6:07 PM, Blogger MaryF said...

Yup, already. And I already had to take off for an inservice!


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