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A Teacher’s Thoughts On Her First Day Back In the Classroom

Today was my first day back in my classroom. Next week is packed with teacher meetings and workshops, and the week after that, the kids will be there. So, after putting it off all summer, I finally went to school today to get my classroom ready for the first day of school.

Every year this is a bittersweet day. It’s hard to say goodbye to summer, but it’s always exciting to start a new school year too – exciting and overwhelming. Here are a few of the zillions of thoughts that went through my head today as I unpacked boxes, set up my computer, arranged desks, and tried to get my room ready for the first day of school.

  • Where the heck are my keys?  This might be the first summer that I have not returned to my classroom a single time. So, after a moment of panic, I found my keys right where I left them on the last day of school – in the consul of my SUV.
  • Where do I even start?  There is no possible way to get it all done. Why did I wait until the last minute?
  • I wonder what all of my teacher friends have been up to this summer? Maybe I’ll just pop in and visit with some of them. Just for a minute. Then I’ll really get to work.
  • I wonder if it’s safe to eat this Cliff Bar that has been in my room since early June. In my excitement to get back to school, I forgot to eat breakfast.
  • What does this cord go to?  Computer set up? Check. Telephone hooked up? Check.  Laptop in place? Check. iPad charging? Check. So, why do I still have one cord left? Why? Why?
  • Is it weird how much I’ve missed my three ring hole puncher?
  • Is it weird that I am a little bummed that my new dry erase markers smell fruity?… instead of, well, like a dry erase marker.
  • How can I spiffy up my room and still stay within the $5 budget I have set for myself?
  • Maybe I’ll go look at my friends’ classrooms to see what they’ve done.
  • How did I end up with this awesome desk chair that I didn’t have last year? Would it be a sin to keep it?
  • Are these fire drill diagrams really necessary? Seriously. If there is a fire, is there really a chance that any child will see every single teacher and student exiting the building and not be able to figure out what to do? Maybe. But I think we’ve covered that too. We have a fire drill Every. Single. Month. If that isn’t enough to firmly implant the procedure into a student’s head, I seriously doubt the tiny diagram taped above the thermostat will help.
  • How did I fit everyone in here last year? I swear. I’ve lost square footage.
  • Maybe I’ll go see how the other teacher’s have arranged their desks.
  • Is there still time to redo all my units before school starts?
  • Is there any chance that all my pens will stay in their color-specific jars? I probably just wasted 20 minutes organizing my pens.
  • I wonder if anyone else will be here if I come in on Saturday.

Needless to say, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, but it will come together. It always does. And even if I don’t have all my posters up or my files color coded by the first day of school, I am pretty sure the kids and I will manage to get off to a good start anyway.

Welcome to class

2 thoughts on “A Teacher’s Thoughts On Her First Day Back In the Classroom

    1. Thanks, Laurel. I was home with my kiddos when they were little and we homeschooled until the oldest was in 7th grade. This is just the latest chapter, and it is very fun at times.

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