Monday, September 2, 2013

Day 2...The Night Before...

After all of these years, I am still nervous the night before the first day of school! I am worrying that I will forget something. Or forget to do something. Or forget how to do something...
Butterflies by Fancy Dog Studio HERE on TpT
 Yep... Those butterflies are starting to flutter in my stomach...

Already I am starting the day at a disadvantage... My Promethean Board won't "power up." I was lunging at it from every direction with the remote... but to no avail. So it's chart paper and lots of demonstrations for us tomorrow.

I spent far too much time this evening trying to come up with 35 jobs. In my room, we take that "work together" concept seriously. Everyone has a job and it takes all of us doing our part to make things run smoothly.

Here's what I have so far. I always take suggestions from the kids and revise the list to include those jobs for which they can provide reasonable rationale. Jobs take place throughout the day, but we have a "job time" at the end of the day and everyone completes jobs left unfinished and signs out to show that they have completed the task for which they are responsible. On days when we run short on time, the students are always anxious to do their job and sign out. Quite often, they are more determined than I am to be finished and accountable! (Don't you just love that about kids?!)

It's close to midnight and I still have seven things on my To Do list, so I will wish all of the School-Starts-the-Day-After-Labor-Day folks a happy First Day. And to those who have been back for a while... Happy 4-Day Week!

I have butterflies in my stomach and a serious case of The Eve of the First Day Jitters...

Tomorrow is the First Day of School!


  1. Hope you have a great first day back and got some sleep!!

  2. Good luck my friend! My Smart board makes a great screen, it hasn't "worked" in 2 years.

  3. I love the image of Will walking preschoolers to the bus. Have the BEST day ever!


  4. We just started our 5th week and I still am afraid I am forgetting something OR someone!!!! I have 4 ELLS this year and they are so quiet and "fragile" I am always afraid I will lose! That first day stresses me out the most....SO AFRAID I will send someone home the wrong way.....that's a HUGE NO NO!!! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week friend:) Prayers and hugs!

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. Hope all goes well tomorrow! I think it is natural to think you are forgetting something or someone!


  6. How'd it go? This is my first year teaching 6th grade L.A., so I was nervous too. We started school here in FL on Aug. 8th . . . LOVING it so far :-)

  7. I hope that the first week and a half has gone well for you so far, Kim! I always get super nervous for the first day as well, I get nightmares and all! :) I love your job list, what a cool way to make all students feel a sense of belonging and also of course get a lot of stuff done in your classroom! ;)


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