Today I am linking up with a fellow 4th grade teacher, Ashley from Fierce in Fourth, and her linky that encourages us to share our First Day Jitters.
1) Well, this linky is just what I needed because I literally woke up today from a
nightmare dream where it was the first day of school and my classroom was BARE. I have talked about how I am moving schools this year and how I can’t move in until AUGUST 10th! Teachers go back on the 16th for Duty Days and School officially starts on the 22nd. The campus has been closed all summer because of renovations and half of my classroom is in my garage and at my old site. The District is supposed to move 11 boxes to my new site for me…. but as of June 30th, they were still at my old site. I guess I am getting a little anxious because I see all of these AMAZING posts of teachers working all day in their classroom and seeing these incredible before and after pictures. I know I will get it done…. but it still stresses me out.
2) On the same note, in my
nightmare dream from last night of my unfinished classroom, I also had NO procedures in place. I was struggling of how to fill time and realized towards the end of the “school day” that I didn’t go over ANY rules or procedures…. I know that this would never happen in reality, but it reminds me how important going over these things over and over again in the during the first few weeks is. To calm this jitter I am going to make a MUST DO list for things I HAVE to go over the first day, that way even if there is a fire drill or something crazy that happens on the 1st day that throws me off my game, I will have my list to reference to check off.
3) Last but not leas, I am at a new school. That means new principal and new colleagues… I can tell already that I will LOVE my principal. I have met with her several times since my interview and she always emails me back the same day. She has communicated her confidence in me, so I must remember that. On top of that, I am working at the 3rd best school in Orange County- the teachers, parents and students have high expectations and while I am excited to be in this type of learning environment, I hope that I exceed, or at least meet, their expectations. My grade level team is pretty new too, so I
hope think we will bond quickly and collaborate a lot.
Well thanks for listening blog world! I feel better already. Any advice is greatly appreciated! I think the fact that we have these jitters just emphasizes our love of the job.