How did I get ready to head back into my classroom as the new school year loomed? By tackling the pile of papers and artifacts left over from the day I brought everything home in June, of course. I was a pro teacher, after all.
It was never a huge pile, and nothing had been ignored. I’d gone through it all before I put it in a box to bring home. Anything that needed immediate attention received it. Anything that was relevant to summer plans was also taken care of. Once I was home from school for the summer, the focus of my days turned to my wife, my son (I had only one then), my dogs, and my well-being. There was fishing to be done, of course, as well as a summer full of yard work, road trips, cookouts, reading, writing, and napping. Wait. Was there napping?
Anyway, my back-to-school ritual was sitting down in my little home office and clearing through the pile of forgotten papers to make way for a fresh batch.
Later, I’d pick up a new lesson plan book, buy a few new resource books, create some language arts and reading worksheets, and ready a few new bulletin board displays. The next day was the day school doors were unlocked for teachers.
How do you mentally and physically prepare to head back to your classroom? What’s the first thing you do when you go into your classroom? Is there anything you’re embarrassed to admit?