Today is the first day of the 2017-18 school year! It has already been filled with excitement and energy. Not only did I send my oldest daughter off to her first day of first grade, but I began welcoming students into the school for my 13th year as an educator. The morning was filled with happiness and enthusiasm for what this year may hold.
With the beginning of each new year as a teacher (and teacher-mom) I am filled with wonders, worries, ideas, plans, and motivation. I love everything "back-to-school" - the school supplies, new school shoes and clothes, the wait for finding out who your new students, teacher or classmates might be, etc... But what I love most about "back-to-school" is the possibility. Each new year brings with it new opportunities for teachers and students. It is the start of something new, a blank page waiting to be filled.
As we fill the upcoming days with tasks such as unpacking school supplies, labeling desks, sharing procedures, taking tours of the school and classroom community building activities, don't forget that you are a difference maker. At the start of the school year, you are the one that sets the tone for your students. You are the one helping them write the first words on their new, blank page for the 2017-18 school year. You are their new opportunity. Help your students see the new possibilities ahead of them. Help them embrace the new challenges and experiences that each new school year brings. Be the reason they are smiling, laughing, learning and growing.
You are ready, they are here...let's get this party started!
Welcome to 2017! We are now back to school, our colleagues, our students and our normal routine. Many of us, including myself, find comfort in being back to our usual "norm". While we enjoy every second of our winter break, time with family and friends, sleeping in and the holidays, there is just something about being back that feels good too. As we return, I want you to pause for a moment to consider NOT beginning your normal routine again. It is easy and comfortable, but why not embrace the changing of the calendar year with a change in your classroom as well. Am I suggesting big changes? No. Am I suggesting a completely new routine? Of course not! You have spent months perfecting your classroom routines and procedures to provide your students with the best instruction possible. What I am suggesting is a pause for reflection and possible change. New Year, New You...in the classroom. What is one part of your routine that you aren't completely in love with? If you are anything like me, there is always something in the back of your mind that you would like to try, change, fix, update, bring back into focus or renew. Why not take this opportunity to do just that? Find just one part of your school routine that could use a little refresh and make that your New Year's resolution at school. We have just over 5 more months with the students in our rooms this year...let's make it powerful! What you choose to take a step towards improving right now could lead to amazing growth for your future self and students. Embrace 2017, embrace your ability to grow and change as an educator and embrace your love of learning! Happy New Year!
"And suddenly you know... its time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings." ~ Meister Eckhart
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.–Oscar Wilde
What are you thankful for?
Watch the video below for some pre-conference smiles and
to give you some ideas of things to be thankful for
as you share around the table next week!
Hi! I'm Ashley...
I'm an Instructional Coach at Troy Craughwell Elementary. I was a 1st and 2nd grade teacher for 10 years and decided to make the move to coaching 3 years ago and couldn't be happier! I'm using this blog as a way to connect with other teachers, as well as, share resources and support! We have so much to learn from one another!