It’s that time of year. Teachers, students, and families are busy preparing for the start of the new school year. Some are excited (#parents). Some are anxious (#students). While others are reluctant to give up the free time they’ve enjoyed all summer (#teachers).
I, myself, am ready to go back to school. I want routine and structure in my day. I’m eager to see the fresh faces of students filling my classroom. These will be the peeps I spend the next 10 months with. I’m determined to build a vibrant classroom community while fostering a growth mindset in my kiddos.
Going back to mindset and mood — Lots of students are nervous about that first day back. New teacher, new classroom, new friends… Ugh, change is hard! We teachers aren’t immune to the first day jitters. Nerves are always a part of it. Even now, after teaching 7 years, I am nervous about the first day back with students.
Students in my district go back on August 10, but already there are questions plaguing me.
- Will the students like me?
- Will I like them? (Now I know how that sounds, but certain classes resonate more with you than others.)
- What challenges will we face?
- Will students believe in themselves in the same way that I will believe in them?
- What can I improve in myself to ensure students learn?
- Will I be the teacher they need this year?
I am excited, yet anxious. I am ready to get started. I am ready to teach my fourth graders some math!
What’s your back to school mood?
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So you may be wondering why I chose TeacherMood as the name of this site. It’s because all the good names were already taken! Just kidding! I do have a plan and a purpose. I wholeheartedly believe that teachers can and do make a difference in the lives of children.
Hiam Ginott’s quote shook me to the core the first time I read it.
“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
Even now, it gives me goosebumps. We are the deciding factor. We build the safe haven for a thriving community of learners. No, everyday is not perfect, great, or even good. But if you’re like me, you make the most of it anyway! The good days always outnumber the bad.
In my classroom, we try to find reasons to laugh. I believe that children who are happy to be at school with you as their teacher will work harder than they ever thought they could to meet the goals you set forth for them.
That is why I named this site Teacher Mood. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and TeachersPayTeachers! I look forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas with you and hearing yours in return!