Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Back to School: Teacher Edition

Yesterday, the teachers in my district returned to school for Inservice. If you are not in education, you may never have given much thought to what teachers do to prepare for the new school year. (Note: It is not like the book, "Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten" where the aforementioned teacher shows up a few minutes early to set up her room. That books grieves me so much that I have banished it from my classroom. Most teachers have spent days and usually weeks during the summer in workshops, curriculum work and room preparation.)

Well, first thing on our list was pancakes served up fresh from a local restaurant. Nothing says welcome back like the aroma of blueberry and gingerbread pancakes!

And then we are down to the serious business: catching up with our old friends after a summer away. Oh: and we talk about all that new curriculum stuff, too.
There was much talking and laughing and cheering. You think seven year olds with new backpacks and crayons are excited about returning to school? They have nothing on seasoned teachers who can't wait to begin the new school year.

 I am so proud to be associated with a group of such dedicated and enthusiastic colleagues. The 2010-2011 School Year is shaping up to be one of the best yet.

Let the celebration begin!


Dawn said...

I actually laughed out loud at this post! My son brought home the Miss Bindergarten book from a Scholastic bookfair the year before my daughter was due to start kindergarten. (You know, since he was a seasoned second grader and all! LOL) Having done the week of inservce and classroom prep, I was very quick to point out to both that the book is not very accurate. Now that they are both in high school, they've learned the truth as they've been up at the school helping the faculty get ready last week and this week.

Glad your week is going well and you are excited about the new year. Keep me posted and let me know when you are up for a coffee or tea!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Sounds like you work at a great school. I know teachers who had rather have their fingernails pulled out than go back. Have a great year.