Although it’s a clear sunny day, the sunbeams appear weaker like they’re giving up something that brings them joy. The air, still thick with humidity, smells different . . . crisper. There are three aisles at Wal-Mart dedicated to crayons, markers, notebooks, scissors, glue, and pencils. What do all these signs mean? Any student (or teacher!) can tell you. They mean a new school year is right around the corner.
As a teacher, my glorious days of summer end several days before the students waltz into my classroom. First of all, there is the classroom to prepare. For some reason, I feel the need to change my classroom décor EVERY year. Then there are the meetings to attend.
Today brought the first of such: a half-day meeting to ease the sluggish teachers into the routine. My school participates in the Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH) program, a program dedicated to empowering students and building community, and today’s meeting encouraged us to continue our CKH focus and improve areas we determined were our weaknesses. Overall, it was an excellent way to kick-start the back-to-school routine.
As I participated today, I could not help but think of the fourteen days until the official start of a new school year. Fourteen! Although I attempt to ignore it, it’s always there, tapping a rhythm on the drum of my mind. Class-room, less-ons, meet-ings! And so the countdown begins.