A new school year approacheth

I’m four days away from the start of a new contract year. To say that I’m looking forward to going back to school is an understatement!

Grad classes start back next Wednesday and so in the span of a little more than a week, I’ll transition from summer’s lazy days to the highly structured and insanity-filled days I like to call my “plate.”

It was good to spend the last week in workshops and registration because it was almost like an “easing in” to my old routine. The best part? I got to THINK about things more important than why Evel Dick is such a jerk, when the other pirates are going to get a clue and cut Jay adrift, and who America’s favorite dancer is going to be (hubby & I are rooting for Sabra, by the way).

It’ll be time to once again focus on how to motivate my students in the fine art of turning in assignments they’ve completed …as in, they do the work and don’t turn it in.

What’s the point in doing the work if you’re not going to turn it in?

Helping my young 7th graders learn how to be advocates for themselves by not depending on their teachers to keep them up on their assignments.

Write it down in your planner and review your planner every day.

And prepping my 8th graders for the rigors of high school.

Listen people, I taught at the high school. I know the teachers you’ll have next year.
This work is NOT acceptable.

When all is said and done, I only have 72 weeks with these guys before I hand them over to my high school compatriots. 72 weeks isn’t a whole lot of time in the grand scheme of life.

Thrown into the mix this year is a paradigm shift in how we’ll work with our students requiring additional support through special education services. We’re beginning a whole new program that I’ve been planning for for almost two years.

And it will all start on the 27th. Whether we’re ready or not.

I’m looking forward to it.

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