It’s the last long weekend of the summer. The final hurrah. And what am I doing? Spending the majority of it in the classroom. I have to get ready for the first day of school tomorrow. It starts again.
One interesting thing about teaching is that you need to constantly reinvent yourself, your routines, and procedures. What works for one class might not necessarily work for the next year’s class.
The good thing is knowing what to expect. I have the same grade, the same room, and the same resources as last year. I got to know most of the kids in the school last year so I will know most of the kids in my class by name. I won’t know their ability, reading level, and classroom behaviour for a while but it feels like I have a bit of a head start this year. That is nice.
For some reason though, I always seem to have a hard time sleeping the night before school starts. I am going to spend most of the day here in the classroom so I will be prepared. But I have found from experience that you can never be truly prepared for teaching. You need to be like one of those improvisational comics, ready for anything, and ready to invent things right on the spot, to keep the room from falling into chaos.
So am I ready? Yes and No. See you tomorrow.