Let's preface everything by saying that I have what could quite possibly be classified as one of the worst colds I have EVER had in my entire life. Let's add to that the fact that my children are incredibly fragile about being in a new school and having me teach at the same school. They love me and want me there, that's not the problem. Well, that sort of is the problem because they L-O-V-E me. We are a tight group. So when they see me, they want to hug me and kiss me and tell me how much they love me. It makes them cry. I know it sounds crazy, but they cry because they love me. Okay...have we gotten all of that out of the way? Do you get that my terrible cold and my very needy albeit lovely children might make my first day difficult?
Now let's talk turkey. I also realized just last night that I don't have a single special (break if you will) for two full days and it's been raining a lot so I keep thinking about what indoor recess on a first day might be like...yuck.
STOP COMPLAINING! Did you just say that?
Here's the good part. My kids are dreamy. They complimented my teaching. Really. They were all, "I love how you have us work hard and then give us some time to play." Why thank you. We actually accomplished quite a bit. I can't WAIT to share some cool things that we did. I did take pictures but I am way too tired to deal with that right now. I think it's going to be a great year.
Oh and at the last minute, literally as the kids were walking in the door, I decided to rip down all of my gold tickets plans. I just didn't want to make everything be about behavior. I trusted my gut and experience that I am the kind of teacher who creates such great relationships within the room, that I rarely need to deal with poor behavior issues. We shall see. You will know as I do.
PS We started writing in our blog (http://moranminds.weebly.com/our-class-blog.html) at the end of the day. I did a closing circle and the kids told me what to write. They adored this. Several went home and told their parents who sent me emails thanking me. Love that!