Well, it’s almost that time again, so I decided to pop into my classroom for my annual inaugural visit. I love coming to school in the summer when no one else is there. Even after almost 30 years of teaching, there’s something magical and serene about being in my room. I still need to spend that first day sitting at my desk, looking around, twiddling , my thumbs, pondering the thought of a new group of students, another new year.. I “putter” around a bit, but nothing actually gets accomplished that first day. I love the quietness and opportunity to reflect. The classroom is filled with empty desks spread out into rows, but they won’t stay that way for long. The challenge this year is – where to put everyone ? Six more desks than last year. Who will be sitting in those seats? What will this class bring to the table? Will they love reading and writing? What should we do that first day?
I start to unpack a few boxes, rearrange some furniture, dig through my closet and find all the items I hastily tossed at the end of the year. You’d think by now, I’d be better organized. I come across pictures, notes, and letters from last year’s class. I reminisce a bit – it’s always time for them to move in to middle school. My thoughts linger on certain ones- how will they fare? I worry about some in particular, others I know are up for the change. They are still “my kids”. However, I know they always come back those first days of the new year to touch base and share their stories.
I move a desk here and there and then get distracted by something else. I dust off the shelves in the library. I unpack another box or two, move one pile from one part of the room to another making way for a new crew.
It’s not long before the heat gets the better of me, and I decide to call it a day. I know there will be many more visits before September. Today was my day, just for me. It’s one of my most treasured days- I still get excited that I’m really the teacher in this room and can’t wait for another year filled with adventure and learning new things.