We started school the Wednesday after Labor Day. While in some respects it is hard to believe we have only been in school 8 days, in others it is hard to believe we have been in 8 days! There is so much to do in the beginning of the year: the set up, teaching procedures, figuring out what information the students know/have retained over the summer months, what their interests and needs are. Perhaps the part that is most important, and at times frustrating, to me is the getting to know you phase.
“Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
Getting to hope you like me.”
Taken from the musical The King and I, those words perhaps best sum up my feelings at the beginning of the year. While I know it shouldn’t matter to me whether or not my students like me, I know that we will have a better year if they do like me (at least a little bit).
So far, I feel like we are off to a good year. There are some things we will fix tomorrow, and some things that we will just be working on all year, but all in all, I’m hopeful that it will be…