Friday, August 17, 2012

First Day Jitters

Monday is the first day of school in my district.  It has been a whirlwind this past week getting the final details ready, leading professional development, participating in leadership team meetings, and finalizing our school plan for the year.  I will posting pictures of my teachers' classrooms next week.  We had Open House on Thursday and I forgot my camera!  Uhggg!  I am going to get to school really early on Monday and take pictures of everyone's rooms.  I will also do a post with before and after pictures of our meeting room (this is the room I am responsible for).

Every year I am a little nervous about that first week.  When I first started teaching, my best friend gave me the book First Day Jitters.  She told me that it was okay to be the teacher and be a little nervous.  I read that book every year the night before school.

As I was blog hopping recently, I came across A Turn to Learn's linky party:  Back to School Jitters.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to share what am I thinking about as the weekend begins and the summer ends.

In my role as a master teacher, I have to field test strategies to make sure they work for the students in my school and work out any kinks.  Then I present those strategies to my teachers during our weekly meetings.  Last year, I worked with first grade and taught reading and writing.  This year I am working with third grade and am starting the year teaching science.  I am excited about meeting and learning about these new students but am nervous about teaching science.  

This is the first year in the ten years I have been a teacher that my district has not implemented a new program!!!  I want to shout that from the rooftops because I am ecstatic.  We made huge leaps last year after implementing TAP and I can't wait to see where we go this year.

What are you excited and nervous about at the beginning of year?  Join A Turn to Learn's linky by clicking on the button below.

Back to School Jitters Linky Party


  1. sounds like you are going to have a fun year! I love Science!! I use AIMS a lot to help me out with that too!
    Good Luck

  2. Look at you leading development!!! I knew there was a reason I followed you, you arty smarty!
    Seriously though- I would love to see what's working for you in science....maybe a science linky for the next one?

    Going Nutty!

  3. I always need to remember to be patient with my kids and especially the other teachers! haha - well said. I found your blog through the linky party! Thank you for sharing! Good Luck on your new year! :)

    Sensational Seconds

  4. It sounds like you and I have similar jobs; at least in the sense of working with teachers and doing professional development. Unfortunately, my district is not as lucky as yours. We are taking on MANY different things this year. We went from PC's to Macs (which I love), we are taking on Common Core, making our instruction more rigorous and relevant, and starting balanced literacy. i am really excited for all these changes, they are just a lot to take on in one year; especially when I am one of the lead people training teachers with them. lol

    Hope you have a great school year. :)

  5. I swear, I could've written this post myself! I has everything I was thinking...but "outloud," on the internet. :) I, too, am teaching science at an elementary school this year for the first time ever. The last two teaching positions I held were that of 8th-9th grade English teacher (among other things), so I think it's safe to say I'm a teensy bit nervous. ;) I am so thankful that I happened to stop by and catch this post; now I'll be anxiously awaiting your science tips! :)
    ~Mrs. K. from The Teacher Garden Blog


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