As much as I love summer and hate to see it come to an end, I really love back to school time. There is something so exciting about all new supplies and a brand new school year. Its like getting a fresh start…having a blank slate just waiting to be filled. Last year was my first year teaching full time. I was hired two days before school started. I was assigned to teach 8 different subjects…in 6 bells…with no plan period. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed with the whole thing. I had no idea what I was doing…and it seems like I spent most of my year playing catch up. This summer has been totally different. I knew at the end of last year what I would be teaching come August. I have had the entire summer to plan, create lessons, prepare materials, and get myself mentally ready for the upcoming year. I am so excited about starting the year and about the first day of school! I obviously have a totally different outlook on the challenges of the upcoming year…knowing what lies ahead, and I am ready to go. While I am going to miss my lazy mornings drinking coffee by the pool on my swing, I am going to enjoy seeing my colleagues every day and interacting with my students. So as I count down my last few days of summer break, I think I am just as anxiously counting up to the first day of school.