Here in central Texas, it's the first day of school. A big deal for this first grade teacher.
This is the most excited I've ever been for a school year to start. We have some great leadership on this campus, my class seems like they should be solid, and I've never been a better teacher. Things should be great.
So, with teaching on the brain, here's how some of these baseball card expressions make me think…
When you pull up into the parking lot on the first day of school.
When you got so much stuff to do that you wish you had a personal secretary.
When other teachers who have been lesson planning since July ask if I'm "all ready to go."
When your co-workers are talking about their awesome European trip over the summer, and then ask what you did over the summer.
When you're high-fiving all the students at the doorway as they enter class.
When a parent describes their child as a "genius" while introducing them to you, while they are playing Angry Birds on their parents' phone and not making eye contact.
When those really excited parents ask for a first-day-of-school picture.
When the administration underestimates the time that certain programs will take in addition to your current workload.
When it's story time and the book you're about to read is going to blow their minds.
When they're really excited to learn, but they still need lots of help.
When you gotta get down on their level to build the personal relationship.
When you wanna be the really fun teacher, but you still gotta let the class know who the boss is.
When you're secretly really nice, but you gotta act tough that first week so everybody stays in line.
When you're calling on students but still learning their names.
When it turns out that the kid you thought was leading the line to the bathroom is really making a break for it.
When a kid gets up to reading level and nails the comprehension questions.
When you nailed the lesson, then look up at the clock and realize that you still have 25 minutes left before lunch.
When your feet hurt, so you sit down at your desk, but you still gotta make sure the class is following directions.
When you realize that no matter how hard you're trying, some days, it's just not your day.
When you gotta scrap the video you were planning on watching as part of your lesson, and you're trying to figure out what to do next.
When you're trying to avoid stepping on the little ones during lunch time.
When the principal walks into the classroom at the worst possible time, and there's nothing really to say or do.
When a kid tries to get up to go to the bathroom right in the middle of the lesson without any explanation, sees you looking at them, and sits back down.
When you explained a concept like a master teacher, but then while you're walking around, six students come up to you and ask you the exact same question that you already covered.
When you see a student acting crazy in another class, and you're glad they're not assigned to yours.
When you're the last class to walk outside to parent pickup on the first day of school and everybody's waiting.
When you see the outfits that some of these moms are leaving the house to pick up their children in.
When you're going back to class by yourself after everyone has been taken home.
Not all of those are funny, but most of those are things that I think to myself throughout the year (though not all of them). Maybe you'll need to be a teacher to get it, I don't know.
Anyways, here's to a great year!