This is the time of year where I get excited and nervous. This fall will start my 6th year of teaching and while I don't pretend to have this job anywhere near mastered, it also feels kind of silly that I get so anxious. I start to have dreams where I show up and have no idea what I am doing, that the kids are out of control and they won't listen to me - that I miss the first day of school because I have it written down wrong. None of these things have ever happened, but clearly they are things I fear - perhaps all teachers have these thoughts/feelings.
While these things run through my subconscious, my excitement grows as I put my room back together after the summer deep cleaning, and plan lessons.
As I start to plan the beginning of the year lessons, I remember and realize that my kinders will need to be taught how to put caps on markers, how to use scissors (including what scissors are allowed to cut), and so many other things we forget we learned at some point. Kinders at the beginning of the year are a lot like a pack of energetic puppies - they love school, have no personal space, and totally out number you. The older kids are a bit easier to plan for as they can hit the ground running since this is our 3rd year together - but new seating charts, new classes of kids, and a new art room set up will require some instructions.
Actually, if I am to be frank - while I love the start of the school year with the new beginnings and seeing how much the students have grown emotionally, mentally and physically - I DESPISE the first 3 or so weeks of school. It's a lot of rules, procedures, reminders, practice and enforcing it all. I prefer when we all get in a groove and the kids have tested all (most) of the rules, we have established expectations and we can get on with art. The first few weeks can be exhausting and tedious, but are totally worth it for a smoother year!
Keep posted to Organized Chaos for a year of projects, stories, and pictures.