Getting ready for the best year yet

Passion and being passionate is the theme for our new school year. As I have been working in my classroom and with my colleagues, I have been trying to plan with that theme in mind. I have to admit that passion is easily lost in the mountain of paperwork that I have to do every fall before students arrive and also in the first few weeks of a new school year.

Checking home language surveys and playing a detective to locate information from other school districts in order to place newly arrived students correctly. Then there are the new students from overseas; how much English can they speak? Can they read and write as well? When are they available for placement testing? Then there is the new MTSS screening that we need to implement this year. Will that apply to me and my students as well? I guess I will find out on Wednesday.

What about the new curriculum or an old curriculum with a few revisions? What did I learn last year that I promised to change for this year? Oh yeah, there were a few things:

  • keep better records of conferring with students (forms for me are just waiting to be printed)
  • implement a dedicated time for independent reading and writing daily (reading/writing journals are waiting for students to arrive)
  • more book talks–wonder if we could even make book trailers…..
  • get the Notice and Note materials ready

Then there are the parents that are waiting for an opportunity to get involved. For some it is learning about American high school and college. So we need to organize a college night early in the year. Dates are getting locked on Wednesday.

Really, there is so much to do. When shall I get to organizing my classroom? Oh yes, that was mostly done in June!! My teaching assistant and I organized all the papers ready for the new school year. It means that I need to plan my first day and first units, clean my tables, bring in the plants, and get materials ready for my students. Of course, I still need to find places for all the new books that I have collected over the summer! But, I think there will even be some time to relax over the holiday weekend!

I am still looking for a quote about passion that I could display in my classroom. If you know one, please share it with me!!!