The first day of school.
Wow! So exhausting!
Hard to sleep the night before. I'm awake every few hours. Too many thoughts running through my head:
Do I have everything ready?
Are extra materials handy for any possible new students?
Is there anything that needs to be copied?
Do I have enough planned for the day?
What if I oversleep?
At 4:30 my alarm pulls me out of my sleep. I get ready and head to the gym. During my workout I'm able to get focused and get some good thinking done.
Go home, get ready for school, kiss my son goodbye. He doesn't start school for another week.
Make it to school and finish some last minute things. Then finally, they arrive! And it's a school supply frenzy!!
It's a great class with great personalities. Morning goes smoothly. When it's time to focus on reading in the afternoon I am feeling quite at ease. I read The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires to the class. We talk about the importance of persistence and not giving up when things get difficult.
And then I introduce my classroom library. I talk about how it is organized and do a few unintentional book talks. I have hands in the air from students wanting to know if they can read a book before I am even halfway done. This. This is what I love. I love kids getting excited to read. I love talking books with kids.
I have a feeling this class isn't going to disappoint me.