So I spent most of last week back at school, making sure that my classroom is ready for Monday and that I have interesting and engaging lessons for the first week. I enjoyed talking to colleagues who I had not seen in a couple months and rediscovering lesson notes I made last year. There were of course beginning of the year meetings and activities and the all-staff picture.
But it's my gradebook with the names of all my students that keeps drawing my attention, and I keep checking it to see who else might be added to my classes. I'm excited to see that more girls than usual have signed up for Computer Science. A student I enjoyed teaching last year is on my roster for a different class this year. I have students from all grade levels in my classes, and I get to teach some ELL students again.
All the names in my gradebook represent so many possibilities, so much potential, so many opportunities. I look forward to learning and growing with all my students, and I can't wait to meet them on Monday.