School starts this week, August 18. This is the earliest my district has ever begun. I remember in the old days when we used to start the Tuesday after Labor Day. Summers were longer in those days, but we didn’t get a week off at Thanksgiving and a week off in February. I guess it all balances out.
Today’s piece is about giving you a sneak peek into a teacher’s mind before school starts–a peek with a writing emphasis, of course. The physical part of getting ready for the first day of school involves arranging desks and putting up bulletin boards. I’m excited as I staple borders around blank walls, envisioning the student projects (writing) that will soon fill the space.
Then there’s the academic preparation. I pore over last year’s test results and celebrate the successes of students who worked very hard all year. I peek at this year’s class and am blown away by how high their scores are. They will be expecting to be challenged! I think I can manage that. NaNoWriMo, here we come!
Finally, there’s the emotional preparation. It’s a new year, full of new problems, new drama, and new faces. I am very excited to get started! I want to read the fabulous stories my new students will write, and I want to hear the sixth grade teachers marvel over how well prepared my last year’s students are.
On my Kindle: Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier