Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fare Thee Well Summer Vacation...We Hardly Knew Thee

It's official, summer is over. Tomorrow morning I will be standing at the front gates of the school, once again greeting bewildered and terrified middle school students. I've been working on my classroom all week long, preparing for the onslaught of pandemonium and laughter that 12 and 13 year olds tend to bring with them wherever they go.

Right now, my room is beautiful. Organized, clean, orderly. Bulletin Boards have been decorated, desks have been arranged, copies for the week have been made, papers have been filed. I always start out the year this way, so many plans and so much hope. But it is never too long before my room, along with my mind, surrenders to the chaos. Because I am teaching the same group of students I had last year, I know that a pool will begin on the first day to how long they will be able to see the top of my desk. Last year, the longest period was three hours.

*Sigh* It's hard to say goodbye to summer days, but say goodbye I must.

Goodbye hours of uninterupted reading time...

I especially enjoyed reading the Twilight series. I'm not ashamed...I'm a member of Team Edward.


Farewell lazy pool days...


And impromptu getaways...

Goodbye to family visiting adventures...


Farewell to Arts and Crafts Time...

And mid-morning bike rides...

Until next time.

**The first day of school just wrapped up. The kids think that my desk will be covered, and my new-found organizational tactics thrown to the wind, by Wednesday. They have such little faith in me!**