Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School!



We've just started the second week of the semester so I have been in Teacher Mode, getting all my classes organized and underway.  This includes getting my sixty-four  101 students  into Blogland, helping them create their blogs to use in the class and hopefully even after the class.  (After I have helped them develop their love of writing, don’t you know.) 

The first of the semester is a wonderful time of hope and renewal.  Anything is possible.  My students can choose to leave their pasts behind and create new images.  Almost all of them are enthusiastic and hopeful.  I look out at my filled classrooms and see so many hope and dreams sitting there.  I also see the ones who are a bit wary, wondering if they can trust me or not.  

Each fall semester I remind myself that I may be the first college teacher they have ever had.  I know can set a positive tone or a negative one.   I think you know which one I choose.

Along with students, we teachers get a new opportunity with each start of a semester.  We can rely on the old stuff, be the same people we have always been, or we can step out, take chances and get out of our comfort zones a little.  It’s not easy when you’ve been doing the same things over and over, year after year, but is there anything more deadly than a teacher who is staid, and well, frankly bored with themselves?

Whether you are directly involved with the school system or not, I think this is a good time of year to feel that sense of renewal  and hope.  Pushing boundraies, taking chances, nudging  yourself out of safe routines is all necessary to feel truly alive.  You’ll succeed some,  you’ll fail some, and hopefully laugh at your own foibles.

So, Happy New Year in August.  Buy yourself some kicky new boots.  Throw out that pesky book on the night stand that you’ve been “meaning to get to,” and pick up whatever really appeals to you. Eat lunch with someone new.

I hope you'll sit in the front row in this classroom called life. Raise your hand and join in the discussion.  Break some rules.  Break lots of rules.  

Don’t ever think your voice doesn’t matter.  

Because it does.






17 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi BB - what a great idea to take the Autumn term as a renewal period .. get up and go - ready for the year ahead ...

Love the new header and know you'll be the positive maestro leading your youngsters towards their dream.

Have you discussed how they use their blogs with us? Just wondering your approach to blogland for them .. cheers Hilary

Brian said...

It sure is had to believe that back to school time is here!

Shelly said...

You are so inspirational. Thank you~

Madi and Mom said...

Morning BB I hope and purr you students know HOW VERY LUCKY they are to have been assigned to your class. OMCs I'd get up at the crack of dawn if you were my teacher.

Oh dear me Mom is very good a breaking rules and she loves sitting on the front row.
Hugs madi your bfff

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well said, Betty! And I'm sure your attitude has a big impact on your students.

EnglishRose said...

The children are still home here in the UK Betty, Still it shows Autumn is on the way when all our wonderful beaches are emptier after the summer.

Yvonne (EnglishRose0

Baby Sister said...

Beautifully written, as always. The last two lines are my favorites. Good luck this year, Betty!!

Daisy said...

Best of luck in the new school year! Your students are lucky to have you as their teacher. :-)

Ms. A said...

Two of my grandchildren started an entirely new school system, in a rural area this year. I hope they have teachers that will inspire them!

Momma Fargo said...

Ah... the noise and busy time of school days! Joy! My daughter is so glad to be back into the swing of carrying books and sports. Have a great academic year!

Alison said...

Getting a fresh start every semester was one of the facets of teaching that really appealed to me. Not as much as 2 months off in the summer, but it was still a nice chance to change up old routines. May all your classes have the perfect balance of hard workers, deep thinkers and colorful personalities.

Lin said...

I love new starts--September and January are always good times for me because I like reflection and the opportunity for change.

My daughter went back to school and already dropped a class. Her teacher was awful from the start. Told her the wrong book to rent and now she can't get her money back. Then the woman proceeded to tell them that the book will teach them and SHE will be there to tell them stories. Said it just like that. This drives me nuts as the pricetag for this is $54,000/yr. She should be fired.

I can imagine that you are a fun teacher to have.

Peggy K said...

BB, I've been away too long. Always a pleasure to visit with you, especially when your words inspire! I'm going to share the link to this post with my teacher friends. Thank you!

Haddock said...

Thats it - Break lots of rules.

By the way I like to visit my old classes. It really brings back old memories.

Chicken said...

Love your header photo, Betty. I hope you have a great school year, you and your students. I am really not a child of the front row, but you don't have to ask me twice to breaking rules sounds fun. I could try that.

Pat Tillett said...

Teachers can make school a great thing for students, or make it a waste of time. You have some lucky students under your wing...

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

Good to hear that you're back doing a very important job in a positive way! Have fun!!!