Well, here we are back at “back to school” time.
No matter how the years roll by, those of us who are dedicated to education have mixed feelings at this time of the year.
It’s the end of the more restful days of summer and the beginning of a new season in the classroom-new faces and names to get acquainted with, and a return to the daily schedules required by the educational process. It is exciting and daunting all at the same time.
One of the things I like best about this time of year is renewing old relationships with last year’s students-whether I will still see them in my classroom or not. What changes the summer months have wrought in young, growing, questing students! I enjoy hearing about their vacation time and listening to their plans for the coming months. I’m especially delighted to see the looks of anticipation on their faces as they contemplate the road to their future.
I also look forward to getting to knew new students. I am reminded anew of the responsibility of being an educator. These young people arrive in our classrooms hoping for answers and assistance as they move forward on their way into the unknown.
What an awesome task we have! What a challenge! What a reward when we see the “Ah-ha” moments pop onto their faces.
You know? I wouldn’t change my job for–as my mom used to say–“All the tea in China.”
Happy, successful year, everyone!!