Yeah, I know. I’ve heard people say “I love my job” sarcastically. I’ve probably done so too. But not right now. I love the beginning of a school year. Right now, I am on day 6 with my new students. It’s a beautiful time. We are still getting to know each other, everyone is on their best behavior, myself and the parents included.
Additionally, I am doing some new things this year, and trying new techniques and programs is just mentally stimulating for me. I am trying out sketchnoting as I give notes this year, and it makes me think differently about all of my notes and how I could visually represent them. Also, I am working on setting up an EPals email exchange for my students. This will allow them to email (with moderation) students their own age in other countries around the world. And I am learning about, and possibly implementing Classcraft in my classroom to gamify my classroom. I love trying out new things to see if it can help my students to become better behaved and better learners!
And, as if that weren’t enough, I am writing two grants! Yes, two! The first is a grant for pots and pans for teaching culture through cuisine in my classroom. The second is for the social studies department for 6 class sets of Google Cardboard viewers. I know that winning just one of these grants would be amazing and helpful to my students, but I have really high hopes that we could win them both.
I love times like this. My energy is high, I am enthusiastic, and I am much more patient with my students as a result. I wish all year could be like this. I know it won’t, that there are inevitable struggles and disappointments and tiredness. I just hope when I get to those hard days, I can remember this beginning of school feeling.