'Tis the season for new pens, clean desks and highly increased caffeine intake. Yep, we all know the unmistaken time of returning to school; doesn't it just make August seem bittersweet? You might be cramming in your last few weeks of freedom by soaking up the sun or spending time with family, or, if you're like me, vegging in front of the TV. I've been raised on TV Land and its eccentric, yet exquisite cornucopia of programs, and I've gained a little insight from its myriad of quality content. Having also been raised by a teacher and become an education major myself, I found myself relating to the characters on the silver screen.
Here are just a few of the tokens of wisdom that bring true light to what teachers go through on the first day of school.
1. Never will an alarm be more intimidating.
6:30 a.m. is brutal. Just don't take it out on your precious 6S, ok?
2. Your mind will be reeling at the thought of leading your own class.
Screaming internally and perpetually.
3. You're wanting your students to think you're already the coolest teacher ever.
10. The real patience is waiting for that coveted 25 minute lunch, because your granola bar died at 9:30 a.m.
Let's never forget that self-deprecation is the worst death our confidence can face. Your students love you, you are doing everything just right and nobody has died. If you make a mistake, nobody is awake enough to remember. Keep going.
At the end of the day, your class is counting on you. All nerves aside, you are their leader, mentor and advocate. No matter how your summer or past school year went, today is a chance to start fresh. Take a sip of coffee and a deep breath, and greet your class at the door with bright eyes and an open heart.
Your colleagues, mentor and principals are only a four-digit extension away. You are all called a team for a reason. Teammates look out for one another; they replace the copier ink, keep snacks in the lounge (mostly inevitably), and have an endless supply of tissues at your disposal thanks to the district-issued supply list. Faculty = family.
15. Congratulations! You made it through the first day!
You did great! That wasn't so bad, right?