Sunday, August 28, 2011
Happy New Year!!
All teachers know that the year begins when school does. Newly sharpened pencils, uncluttered supply closets, curriculum still uncomplicated by personal interactions with students: these are the shiny artifacts of hopeful anticipation. Each year, I make resolutions that celebrate new ideas, and proactive approaches. Never am I as open to possibility as during the Teacher's New Year.
I have been at this long enough to know that situations will emerge to test new resolutions. A parent might insist that her child is royalty. A student may balk, or rage. Some Tuesday morning, everyone in class including me might wake up on the wrong side of bed. Furthermore, it is probable that at some point I become overwhelmed; a project---- so simple to plan in July, might devour October evenings.
Things will get messy; they always do. I still celebrate the New Year with positive thoughts, new pencils, and a shining new slate. Happy New Years to those of you lucky enough to still be in school!!!