Let’s Do This!

A great new school year starts here!

A great new school year starts here!

While our students are probably still tucked safely in their beds this morning, perhaps dreaming of the adventures they will have later today, their teachers are returning to work today to begin planning for the adventure that will be the 2014-2015 school year. I woke up this morning feeling quite anxious, in a good way. I’m anxious to see my friends and meet our new staff members, including our new principal. I’m anxious to start planning for a new year with a new class, anxious to try new lessons and new tools. This will be my ninth year as a classroom teacher and I’m planning on this year being the best one yet!

On the first day of school I will ask my students what expectations they have for me as their teacher, and I’ll talk about what expectations I have for them as my students. But right now, I’m thinking about the expectations I have for myself for this new school year. Many of them involve stepping outside of my comfort zone, something I ask my students to do quite frequently during the school year. If I expect my students to take risks and try something new, then I have to be willing to do the same. Great things can happen when we step outside, but we’ll never know what’s out there if we don’t take that first step.

Here we go…


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4 responses to “Let’s Do This!

  1. Have a great first day! I am excited FOR you and your students!

  2. ¡Adelante con valor! Forward with courage! (for those who do not understand Spanish! I am glad to hear from you! Praying for all of us teachers, to have the courage to step out of our comfort zone.

  3. Hey, Chica,
    Well said. You are a good writer.

  4. Rebecca Bocek

    I remember the positive growth Katelyn had in 7th grade with you. I’m really excited to see Laura challenged in different ways and trying new things! Let us know if we can help! Rebecca and Kirk Bocek

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