Final Preparations

I’ve spent most of the past two weeks at my new school.

I’ve cleaned and organized my classroom. I’ve hung up banners, posters, and decorated my bulletin boards. I’ve extensively planned the first day of school. I’ve drawn up a rough plan of the entire school year.

I’ve typed up a newsletter to go home the first day of school. I’ve photocopied material for the first day of activities.

I’ve written a welcome message on the blackboard. My name is on the classroom door.

I’ve written a schedule so that both my students and I will know what to expect every day of the school week.

I’ve sharpened pencils. I’ve put crayons, a sharpened pencil and a sharpener in pencil cases for each student.

I’ve learned the school rules and procedures.

I’ve been part of a First Aid training course this week and now have an updated First Aid and CPR certificate. This is one of the preparations I sure hope that I never have to use.

Today, is the last day of preparations. School starts on Tuesday, right after this last hurrah of summer.

It’s hard to believe that the summer is over already. One more long weekend. But I’m ready to start school on Tuesday. I think.

It seems like there is always something else to do in this job. A teacher is never really off-duty.

I know I have some work to do this weekend but I will try to enjoy the last free weekend of the summer. I won’t have computer access on the holiday Monday, so I will be taking a small break. Wish me luck, classes start on Tuesday. Now, time to go and make my last minute preparations.