Whoa! It has been almost two months since school started. Perhaps my silence is a testament to the whirlwind that the start of the academic year presents. From back to school meetings, to setting up the physical space, to welcoming students back, each and every day was full, full, FULL. Of course, this is the good kind of busy. Ironing out the kinks of classroom presentation, connecting with students, and plowing through lesson plans and grading make the start of the school year a sprint. Each day while I leave exhausted, I also leave satisfied knowing that I am tapping into the part of myself that is excited to learn again among my students and tapping into the creative power of my students. As I sit with a stack of papers next to my desk, I am mindful that while this is the hard part of being a teacher, one by one it will all get done. As a fifth year teacher, I am amazed by how much is still new and by the subtle ways in which I am more prepared than ever for the daily classroom occurrences. It has been a busy start to the year, but it has been a good start. I am looking forward to seeing where my classes go this year as they continue to build their community, challenge the course materials, and create their own content.
Just a little photo of when my student walked in and we realized we were wearing the same outfit! It was hilarious to connect over fashion in such a literal way.