In Michigan we can't start until the day after Labor Day so we can still pretend that we have a full month of summer left. . . However, if you're like me, your mind starts reeling and you start getting the jitters about buying the latest new things and getting your room all ready. Plus we have teacher meetings that start around the last week of August.
I have had some really good and stimulating back to school meetings. I truly do remember the main purpose of them. I was NOT sleeping through them.
One was all about Blueberries. Here's the link in case you feel like reading more. And here's a You Tube link that shows him talking. In a nutshell, he told us how we have to take all the children who come to us. We can't sift through them the way you would a bunch of blueberries and throw out the bad ones. We have to take the good with the bad and make them successful. If business owners could understand that it might make them appreciate teachers a bit more.
There was another one that stood out for me. It was Keeping the Main Thing as The Main Thing. Then throughout the presentation they showed pictures of kids doing things in classrooms. But those kids weren't just any kids. . . they were OUR KIDS! And they weren't just our kids, they were TEACHER'S Kids. All of a sudden it hit home. . . HARD!
We want all teachers to teach our own children who live in our homes the same way you would teach ALL kids no matter who's home they lived in. THEY were the Main Thing! It was very powerful.
I wish you all a wonderful start to the new year and hope that something inspires you to start strong, stay strong, and finish strong!