Wednesday, August 24, 2011

First Day of School

Welcome back to another school year full of opportunity, relationship, challenge, failure and success!  Yes, that's right, failure is just as predicatable as success; in some cases even more predictable and in many cases more valuable.  Learning to handle the results of failure and success will serve children well in all they do.  I hope you are ready to help your children flourish and flounder with the inevitable success and failure they must endure during the new school year. 

There are few things that excite me more than a classroom of children full of emotion.  The first day of school is unique in that way because students have so many different feelings; anxious to see their friends again, nervous about new situations, excited for new experiences, and scared of the unkown.. just to name a few.  But there is also something unique about a classroom of children gathering together at the start of a new school year that really intrigues me.  Maybe it's the fresh start to build a community, an opportunity to mold character, or the anticipation of inspiring a child toward a new interest or hobby.  Whatever it is, there are very few days on the calendar like the first day of school and I am lucky to have been a part of one for the last 23 years.   

With the first day over, and the journey of a new year underway, I look forward to the success and failure I will experience with my students, but most of all the opportunity to learn and grow with a group of children in a way only a teacher can.  Thank you parents!!