The First Day of School

This is the school district’s plan for keeping cool as we have no air conditioning.
But it doesn’t rob me of the joy of fresh pencils ready to write new ideas,
glue sticks and
64 fairly sharp crayons for art projects.
This Granny Smith is not for the teacher, but for a project later in the day involving paints,
and all my ideas are being recorded in this Moleskine binder with my Rhodia pencils made of linden wood.
I can’t tell you how excited I am for a brand new year. Teaching never, ever
gets old.
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35 thoughts on “The First Day of School”

  1. I had to smile at that box of Crayons. Nothing better than a fresh start! I hope cooler weather heads your way and that you have a fantastic year. One of my high school friends just posted on FB that she is starting her 31st year as a science teacher in middle school. I'm amazed that she's been teaching that long! Tell me again how long you've been a teacher.

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  2. Love the Rhodia pencils and a new box of crayons. Heaven on a stick. Hope you have a wonderfully fulfilling and successful year. Be sure to write on your days you need support too . We'll be here watching.

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  3. I still have two weeks before meeting my students and I worry a bit for my busy schedule, plus I will be teaching French as well to a class in their first year of high school, so I am already searching for fun activities… I can't believe how fast this summer has gone, thank God for all the books 🙂 It's been a fun summer, hasn't it? 🙂

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  4. Happy first day of school! (I am sorry about the lack of air conditioning, though. All those little bodies can generate a lot of heat.) Hope it's a great year. 🙂

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  5. Crayolas have a smell one never forgets, just as the smell of a newly sharpened pencil is indelible in one's memory. Perhaps, like me, you remember the feel (and sound) of chalk? I suspect we're one of the few who can do that!

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  6. Jacqui, it's always hard to find “enough” reading time (now there's a nebulous term!) when school starts. I go from feast to famine with the close of summer and the start of a new term.

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  7. Well, I began teaching with the Department of Defense in 1984…so this would be my 30th year. It doesn't seem like that many years to me, and especially with the way the curriculum, standards and technology keep changing, I never feel like I'm doing the same job twice in a row!

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  8. I have to admit, one of the reasons I bought the Rhodia pencils is not because they write so well, which they do, or last so long, which they do, but because they are easily identifiable from the children's grubby half chewed bits. I can't stand it when they take my pencils off my desk as I take special care of them. I guess that's a selfish side of my teaching.

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  9. When I sent my son to Kindergarten, I sent him with one of those caramel-chocolate-pecan apples, but that was years ago. Children will occasionally give me an apple, but I half suspect it's because their mothers haven't peeled them, and the skin is too tough for those little teeth. 😉

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