Today was the first day of school. Actually, teachers had to be back yesterday, but the kids started back today. Happily, the day went very well. Thank goodness I finished setting up my classroom yesterday mid afternoon after weeks and weeks of unpacking and preparing.
It’s been years since decorating my room, and there was some amount of obsession about the color scheme. After a small decorating meltdown - the lime green pencil boxes which I buy EVERY SINGLE YEAR were not available this year at Walmart. I had to settle for dark blue ones. That was like the first scratch on a new car. Once the pencil boxes didn’t match, I got over the worry about being all matchy matchy and just finished setting up the darn room.
There were, as expected, some nerves about the first day at a new school. They didn’t really have to do with the kids or the parents though. The staff here is great; really low key and welcoming. What I had the most anxiety about was simply…how do they do “it” here. Being fairly procedure oriented at school, not knowing all the school wide procedures caused some anxiety. But the worry was for not, and all in all the day went very smoothly. I’ve got a nice little class who are really as cute as can be. A handful are goofy boys who, because they are still 6, think they are the center of my universe and want my attention all day long – not at all unusual.
The only thing that made this a terrible day was that it was about 108 degrees outside. In my opinion, that’s just too hot for school. I started my day this morning looking quite nice in a cute black dress and having a very good hair day. By recess, the good hair was piled on top of my head and the nice dress was sticking to my glistening skin. Blech! It made the first day of school very hard. Having to teach playground rules and behavior and walk to and from the classroom when it’s that hot outside makes me wish I had a cubicle in a cool office building. Sometimes I’d like to be an office person who doesn’t have to leave that cool office until they go home at the end of the day. I’d be bored out of my mind, but from August to October, at least I’d have some semblance of professionalism and not be a sticky, sweaty mess. The cubicle is also a nice thought during rainy days as well.
One day down, and only 179 more to go until the next summer break!