Good morning. How are you keeping? I know, it has been a while since we have had coffee! When the school year ended in June, I was exhausted and I willingly let my blogging routine slide. During the past weeks I have slept, read to my heart’s content, watched movies on Netflix, and enjoyed the time with my family.
Now the time has arrived for the new school year to begin and, as a result, I have been preparing during the past week for that very important first day of school.
On Monday when I opened the door to my room, I was surprised by the presence of a ladder, drop plastic, and workman’s tools. I guessed that the room was being prepared for painting. The space needed it and I was thankful that the room was on the list. I was hopeful, though, that they would finish in time for me to prepare for next week.
On Wednesday the plastering was done – but not the painting. I was told that the painters would paint later in the month therefore, on Thursday, I began getting ready for the first day of school. I had a lot to do: wiping the dust off of the furniture as I re-arranged it, taking out the readers and materials from the cupboards, preparing notebooks and holders for each of the students, planning the lessons for the first few days at school.
As I was preparing the students’ individual notebooks and holders, I was thankful that this is the second year I will be teaching the same class. I have an idea of what to do with the children – all I need to do is refine certain aspects of the programme that I taught last year. As I worked towards getting my room ready, I noticed I was not as stressed as I was this time last year.
Many things in my classroom will remain the same as last year with a few minor adjustments. Like my reading centre: I have kept the cosy feel of it but have added a shelf to store more readers, and have placed these readers in baskets instead of plastic bins. I am sure this centre will become a favourite place to spend time – as it was last year.
For an hour or two this weekend, I will spend time writing down exactly what it is that I plan to do during the first days. And the rest of the time? I will enjoy the time with my family before the activity of the school year begins.
What would you tell me if we were having coffee?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)