My day did not start out very positive. Nobody likes their Teacher Institute to start with the principal reading a 22 point packet out loud word for word of new rules and expectations.
But that is not what I came to write about.
We revamped our Back to School Night and I really enjoyed it so I wanted to share with you. It started at 5:00 where students get their schedules in the lobby and sign up for door prizes. Then they travel around to each classroom and have their teachers sign their schedule. Showing your schedule with all the teacher signatures earned you ice cream in the cafeteria.
Students were in the gym doing face painting and hosting sign up sheets for clubs. This was also the time for students to find their locker, test the lock, etc.
In the library there were videos from last school year playing on a loop.
At 6:30, everyone returns to the gym where the Principal speaks about announcements and updates.
Then names were pulled for door prizes and that wrapped up the night!
If only the air conditioning worked correctly...
I was surprised to see a large group of people in the lobby at 5:00 on the dot.
Only one student I talked to today told me they didn't like math!
Our community 4H group donated Back to School baskets for us- so thoughtful!
I went home feeling energized which is a lot better than the day began.
I can't explain the growth I've experienced since January...or why. But there has definitely been a shift. I have a lot of things to do and get ready still but I'm not overwhelmed. I'm going to take it a day at a time- and it's going to be fine! I'm doing good work. I'm also doing good work to sustain my energy levels. My students deserve the best Ms. Miller I can be right now- not the best Ms. Miller I will ever be.
My motto for the year is 'Add good things to the pile- no more starting over!"