August 16, 2009

The Time Has Come

This past week was my last week of summer. It is bittersweet that I must return to school tomorrow for the first institute day of the school year. Though I am excited about what this year will bring, I am certainly sad to say farewell to the carefree days of summer.

For the past week, I have been a busy little bee setting up my new classroom. It was quite stressful (in a good way) finding just the right place for each piece of furniture, picking the perfect bulletin board trim, and creating a smooth flow to my classroom. Honestly, I lost sleep over these decisions. On more than one occasion, I got out of bed to sketch a classroom layout idea in an effort to quiet my mind enough to finally fall asleep! :)

When I arrived at school on Wednesday, I was surprised to see a full parking lot. For a minute, I thought I had missed an important meeting or something along those lines, but alas, it was just Schedule Day. Within minutes of entering my classroom, word got around that I was in the building, and I was enthusiastically greeted several of my former students. Although it was not a very productive time, it was so much fun to catch up with my kiddos. I truly loved the group I had last year, and I hope I love this year's group just as much (though I wonder if it is possible).

I'm going to try with all my might to fall asleep tonight at a decent time so I can get up with the birds tomorrow morning for our first institute day of the new school year. Wish me luck!

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