First Day Jitters

5 Sep

I tossed and turned all night last night.

The night before, I dreamed I was doing something with Queen Elizabeth.  The details escape me, but it was more stressful than pleasant.

Friday night, I had an honest to goodness first day nightmare.

I am nervous and excited, even though this is my 29th first day of school as a teacher and my 48th total!

I am grateful to have found a job I love.

I am grateful for colleagues who work together. I eat lunch every day with my teammates and the 6th grade Humanities team are a model of  professional collaboration.

I am grateful to teach in an air-conditioned building. Temperatures are projected to reach 100ºF and the air smells of the forest fire burning 50 miles away. Portland Public, with mostly older buildings without AC, is ending school two hours early today because of the heat and air quality.

Whether you have already started, or start today, I wish you a wonderful 2017-18 school year.




2 Responses to “First Day Jitters”

  1. arjeha September 5, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    I think no matter how many years you have under your belt you still get those first day nightmares and jitters. I know I had then for 40 years. Wishing you a wonderful school year.

  2. terierrol September 6, 2017 at 4:41 am #

    Yes, still having nightmares too and this is when I love the job!! Best of luck – let’s try and relax and enjoy the journey.

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