Today was the day I’d been preparing for, in one way or another, since last January. I began my 24th (that can’t possibly be right!) year of teaching.
I was nervous.
I felt unprepared.
I was confused.
I felt a little lost.
I was excited.
I was curious.
In other words, it was just like each of the last 23 ‘first days of school’ I’ve had as a teacher.
The difference this time was I wasn’t just the school year that was new. I had new students. I was teaching new classes. I was in a new school. I had all new colleagues. I was living in a new home. I had a new car. I was eating new foods. I was in a new country!
It. all. was. new!!!
About halfway through the day I realized that no matter how new everything seemed…the important things were really the same.
School is school.
Kids are kids.
And now I have 24 years of “first day” stories to tell.
This is going to be one amazing year!