As August comes to an end, I am getting ready to say good-bye to summer. I think most people wait to bid summer farewell until after Labor Day, but for me, saying hello to the beginning of the school year also means saying good-bye to summer.
I love teaching, and I am looking forward to new students and teaching some new courses. In terms of school, I have some exciting things to look forward to. I am teaching AP Statistics for the first time. I am teaching my first online class, AP Economics – my first online teaching experience and my first time teaching this topic. I am also mentoring a new teacher for the first time. In my seventh year of teaching, it is a year of many firsts.
Every year, on the first day of school, we have a welcome back breakfast. Teachers meet and mingle and re-acquaint themselves with each other. Every year, someone will say that this is one of the special things about our profession, that we have this yearly opportunity for a fresh start. New students, new pencils, and shiny clean floors remind us of this new beginning.
I am looking forward to school, but I will miss summer. So I wanted to take a moment to say good-bye to some of the things I love about vacation:
Good bye to waking up whenever I choose. Good bye to morning runs, morning yoga classes, and morning Zumba classes. Good bye to afternoon conversations with my husband during breaks from his home office. Good bye to lunch time walks with the dogs. Good bye to 2:00 appointments with the residents of Port Charles.
Ok, I’ve said my good-byes – I think I am ready to start!