Tomorrow, I begin my third year in the classroom and my first year teaching in a testing grade: the ever-challenging 5th grade. I feel as if I am starting all over again. My room is done (the computers are not hooked up yet, but I’m not in a hurry to do that). My plans are done, copies made and I think I’m ready for the students. I’m nervous, excited and queasy…I hope I can get some sleep tonight.
The teachers at my new school tell me that my class is a “rough bunch.” While I have some concern about behavior, I refuse to make their statements a self-fufilling prophecy. I am going to start these kids off with a clean slate. I am not going to treat them like babies, and I am going to hold them to some pretty high expectations – something that I am told they’re not used to.
I am starting this year off with a positive attitude. Our blinged-out school shirts actually help in this regard. I love wearing my school shirt…even when I’m not at school!!
Happy new school year to everyone!