Back to school

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.

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6 comments on “Back to school

  1. I taught French for six years and just loved it. There’s something very special about school children. Enjoy your year.

    • Jules Smith says:

      I love middle school children (I have two of my own at home). There are never any dull moments and certainly no lack of conversation with my students. I can’t wait to see them in just a few weeks!

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  4. barbganias says:

    I had a similar first year (6 different classes — all outside my subject area) and barely survived. But I had landed in middle school (my first choice was elementary) and fell in love with middle schoolers. That year is one of my most memorable! Summers are precious — but that new beginning each year is a blessing. I now teach language arts to eighth graders and love it . . . and I’m always ready for summer! Enjoy the coming year!

    • Jules Smith says:

      People think middle school teachers are crazy for trying to teach kids this age…but I LOVE them. They are so quirky and funny and confused and talkative and sometimes all of that at once! I love that they have a sense of humor! They teach me things every day! Thank you so much for your comment!

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