It's hard to believe the 2014-2015 school year is underway! Here in Kentucky, we've had a short summer because of an unusual amount of snow days last school year. It went by in a blink of an eye, but I'm definitely happy to be back in the classroom! This year is significant to me for many reasons. It's my 10th school year as an educator and THAT is mind-blowing. My very first classroom was 2005-2006 in Stafford, Virginia; it's amazing to think about how many students have come in and out of my life since then. I love thinking about how much I've grown as a teacher since then, I love thinking about all the different places I've been able to learn along with my "kids", and I am so excited to think about the future of my career and how much longer I have to serve students in the future.
This year is also significant to me because my daughter will be born at the end of November. Thinking about leaving my students mid-year for a while is definitely tough, but I know it's best for my family. My perspective on teaching and learning has changed significantly since my son was born in 2012. I realize how true it is that each and every student is different and unique, every student comes to the classroom with different talents and skills, and each student wants to be loved and cared for as they learn and venture through school. My goal is to provide that for my students.
So, yes, my friends. It's truly the most wonderful time of the year - a time for a fresh start with the entire year ahead of us. This week we'll be doing a little reflective writing on our hopes and goals for this year. Be thinking about what you hope 8th grade will look like for you and we'll put pen to paper.