Ahh, the first day. Remember those?
This morning, as I was driving to work to meet my students for the next ten months, I saw several anxious kids holding their lunch boxes and smiling for mom and dad to take a picture of them at the bus stop on the first day of school. (Side Note: My first day of school in SIXTH grade, my dad stood at the bus stop with me, and then proceeded to GET ON the bus to introduce himself to the driver. It took me YEARS to get over the embarrassment of this. Parents, please don't do this. We - teachers, bus drivers, etc. - KNOW you are involved and love your kids. Promise.)
Lucky for you, the first day of school photo lives on at my house, even though I'm the teacher now... I know it's a little weird, but in a few months when I'm exhausted and pale and grey-haired, I'll need to remember the energy of the first morning.
So, here I am - First Day of School 2010:
My first year teaching, I wore a hideous khaki skirt and blouse to look "professional" and not like a student. This year - at orientation - one of my new students said to me: "You're kind-of pretty, for a teacher." I wasn't really sure how to take this... err.... compliment? But, clearly, I've reached the point in my career where I need a cute dress to make me look young and fun again! "For a teacher" - really?!?! Haha! (Seriously though, I'm always amazed at how good we look as a staff on the first day... The men are in ties. ALL the women are in dresses. You'd think we worked in a corporate office or something. By Thursday, we'll be wearing capris and cotton t-shirts again!)
All in all, the first day went well. I'm absolutely exhausted today... I'd forgotten how hard it is to work/ talk/ be on my feet ALL day. Literally, I had to come home and nap before I could even speak to Jeff. Hopefully, it won't take me too long to snap back into a routine --- which I love, by the way! There's an excitement about the beginning of a new school year that I wish lasted all the time... Plus, this girl loves her some schedule!
To all you parents, teachers, and kiddos out there --- Here's to a great school year!!!
(Come back tomorrow to see pictures of my classroom!)