I've started having the school dreams. In the past, it has been just a few days before the start of school. This time around it is over a week before school starts (Thursday after Labor Day).
Each time, the dreams are full of all the things I need to do and all of the teachers I have met so far.
I am excited to be starting at a new school in a new state and am glad the content is somewhat similar to some courses I have taught before.
I am also very thankful for this summer. Not only because I made this move toward the end of the summer, but because it was, literally, the longest summer break I have ever had. My St. Louis school ended before Memorial Day in May and I don't start here until this coming week. It is the first time I have had a full three month break to rejuvenate.
I do feel somewhat more refreshed than I ever have in all my years of teaching, but now I have a lot to do to get ready for the new year at the new school - mapping out the curriculum for the year and posting it outside the room, creating a syllabus for each class, learning the textbook, figuring out how to use the grading system, figuring out the new email, making sure I am truly cleared to teach. Things that I normally would have been able to do throughout the summer or even before the summer began.
I also have supplies to buy (and figure out if the school has some supplies or if I have to buy them myself). I also have a room to decorate (a lot of the other rooms I have seen so far are super decorated - I guess in part because it is a 6-10 school and in part because they are creative). I am not a fuzzy, glittery decorator, but I feel like I at least need to put up a sign with my name and saying welcome, or something in addition to the few posters I was able to take from the old school.
This is just a snippet of the things on my mind as I free-write for this Stream of Consciousness Sunday. You can join in or read others' posts at Jana's Thinking Place. Just write for five minutes on the prompt she has given, or on any other topic that you just want to let out of your system.