Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Back to school

School starts tomorrow.

As teachers, we've talking about who we know is coming back--sometimes with a smile, sometimes cringing a bit. The kids have started to trickle in to say hello--although next week, those same kids will tell us the last place they want to be is at school. 2 students who graduated last year came by to see me. One to introduce me to his girlfriend--and let me know that he's going to be a dad in 7 months. One to just shoot the shit and then bum a ride.

My room is as done as it's going to get for now. I've hung the posters I made this summer that have all the punctuation rules on them. I've rearranged the desks 4 times. We don't have a custodian--just a "sweeper" so I've spent several hours dusting, washing walls and desks, vacuuming. Over the summer, something VERY unpleasant happened in the toilet. I don't know what or how, but I dumped a gallon of bleach in there yesterday and at least whatever it is doesn't seem to be growing anymore.

So--say a little prayer for me tomorrow. It's back to school time.

8 comments:

KATIEmagic said...

I'll be sending you happy thoughts. Good luck!

lonna said...

I am so not ready for school to start. I only teach one college course, but I'm just not mentally prepared for it. I can't even imagine teaching younger students every day all day. Good Luck!

amandak said...

You'll rock, as you always do. You're the Keeper of the Dream, right? Or was that Power of the Dreamers? Keeper of the Future? Power..Dream..something?

Just Kidding. You'll be awesome. You're a natural with those kids, and that's the most important thing.

Katy said...

You are the bomb. You'll be great. Warm fuzzies warm fuzzies warm fuzzies!!

patrice said...

"something unpleasant happened in the toilet" - that SUCKS. you have no janitor? that sucks too.

happy first day of school! I admire your dedication.

Stine said...

Good luck my dear.

thelyamhound said...

Good luck my dear.

And in case you're wondering who I am . . . Well, the answer is in the name; but I'll give you another clue: I'm a bald Seattleite who obsesses about music and movies (see new blog, thebayinghound@blogspot.com, for evidence . . . should you need any).

NME said...

Hope you made it through your first couple of days with some peace of mind and excitement intact. It's such a huge transition the first month - but you sound like such a pro that it's probably old hat.