First Day Jitters


  I have been up since 4:45am.
This is what happens when the anxiety takes over.
I'm up and down.
I can't go back to sleep no matter how long I lay there.

It's because it's the first day of school.
Yeah, can you believe it when I say that teachers get like this every year? 

So, here I am.
All showered up.
Finished my bowl of cereal.
Sipping on some tea.

My alarm isn't even supposed to go off until 7am.
My body will regret this later, but I honestly don't have too much control over it.
My body will not allow me any more sleep.
Inside things are screaming at me, but there is nothing I can do.

It's a good anxious.
I promise.
But I will have 25 sets of eyes on me....if not more.

Even if they're kids eyes.

Good luck to all who start school today and continued success to those who have already begun!
First Grade.

Here It Goes!


Holy. Freakin'. Moly.
It is September 1st!

I start work tomorrow. But I must admit, I have never been this excited to go in to work! For the first time in a long time, I am actually looking forward to it. I'm sure that will fade shortly, but I will embrace it for the time being.

I know what I'm getting myself in to. 
I know a number of my students already.
I know what I want to do differently than before.
I know what I want to try.
And I'm looking forward to every minute of it.

I feel so much more confident this time around. I'm already better with talking to parents as proven at Open House this past Thursday. I've got a great team that has already been incredibly supportive of my joining the team. I can only hope that this positive momentum will stay.

I've enjoyed a relaxing long weekend and will get no sleep tonight as I settle in for this calm before the storm moment tomorrow...known as the first day of first grade! Yippee!

I will leave you with a few pictures from my home visit a few weekends ago. More to come once I upload them to my computer.

Happy Labor Day!

This Time Around.


I am ready.

Before Open House 2014 yesterday!

Last Wednesday and Thursday I went in to my classroom to start unpacking and setting up. Talk about a ton of work. I inherited all of my retired coworker's teaching things and was overwhelmed with how much I actually had to sort through.

The actual work week started this Monday and talk about progress! By Thursday morning I was ready for the kiddos to show up that afternoon for Open House. This was actually my first official Open House as a teacher as my first year I started after the year began and the past two years I was only the assistant. So it felt amazing to meet my kiddos and talk with parents.

I was given such positive feedback and congratulations from many of my former parents and kind words from the new ones. I have never felt so confident about where I am in my teaching than I do this year... and honestly? It feels great. I am going in to this new year with a fresh start and a positive attitude.

Here are some pictures of my classroom...There have been a few changes since these have been taken, but for the most part, things are pretty set! ready.