Monday, August 17, 2009

School is Beginning!

I just love this time of year. I know what you are thinking..."Teachers have it so easy all summer. I wish I were a teacher!" Well, summer is fun, but we aren't all footloose and fancy free all summer...there is work to be done and things to do. Oh, and the fact that I have my own actual children kind of cuts into my footloose time, you know?

Anyway, I digress...

I love new books, new spirals, new folders and the bright, clean way my classroom looks before the chaos begins.
I love putting everyone's name on labels, nametags, workbooks, mailboxes and posters. I can spell them all perfectly now!
I love thinking about the families I have known for years and how the kids I have this year were so little when I had Big Brother or Big Sister...and now I get to know them! Knowing families for years is (for the most part, lol) such an honor. It is exciting to see the kids grow up and hear them say things like, "I remember that book we read in 4th grade," or, "Remember when that bee flew in the room and you smashed it with your bare hands?" (True story...I am super teacher, you know!).

I love seeing the new teachers and watching them take it all in. Some days I can not believe it has been so long since I was the newbie. It doesn't seem like that long ago, and then people ask me how long I have been in the classroom and I actually voice the words, "20 years,". Oh did THAT happen??

I love setting the new routines with kids and seeing it all fall into place. When you walk into a classroom and it seems like things are running smoothly and the kids all know what they are doing, it didn't just HAPPEN. It took a lot of work and patience.

I love it when kids say, "That was math? That was fun!" Or, "When is science today? I was thinking about the experiment all night!" It means I am doing my part in making learning fun...because it can be, you know. And it should be.

I love my job, I love learning, I love being with kids. I get to laugh everyday. Not many people can say that about their job. I can say it and I mean it.

School is beginning!! Stay tuned...


  1. You are able to say something about your job that only few can do. I like my job, too. Finally.

    Looking forward to reading about the upcoming events/drama of your classroom.

  2. Great job. I knew I was in the navy a long long time when new recruits reported aboard, and they hadn't been born when I enlisted...
    When you see new teachers who weren't born before you started, Then you've been there along time. Until then you are just experienced. Not old.

  3. You do an amazing thing for those kids, and I have the utmost respect for teachers.

    I ,too, love new notebooks and supplies and pens and all that fun stuff...and I even like buying them for my kids too, ha!

    I finds it amusing that my kids and I fight over the coolest supplies.

    "But MOM your not IN school, your at home all the time!!"

    "Well yes honey, but Mommy needs supplies so she can tell the world about how crazy you drive her and how much she loves you.."

    *Insert eye rolling and huffs from teen here*

    At least my 4 yr old will share lol..

    Hope you have a great school year!

  4. Amy,
    Come back. I need a fix of your humor.


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