Why I Dislike the First Day of School


Today marks the first day of school for all the public schoolers in our neighborhood.  Tomorrow, I meet my college students face-to-face.  This might come as a surprise, but I hate dislike the first day of school.  Yep, I'm a teacher and I just admitted it.  Here's why.

I teach because I like connecting with students.  Building a bond.  Building a relationship with students - the easy ones and the hard ones.  You know the hard ones.  The ones who don't trust you until one week before the semester ends.  The ones who never smile in your class even though you know that story you just told was funny.  The ones that make you realize the best things in life are worth your time and effort.

I teach because I want my students to know I care.  I genuinely want them to succeed and grow. John Maxwell's quote sums this up, "Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."  I care completely.  Most times too much.

So, tomorrow, college students, when I meet you for the first time, please know that behind my cup of Earl Grey tea, I am really excited to meet you.  I just prefer the second week of school.  You know.  When we know each other a touch more.  When we are more connected.

Deep breath.  Happy school year.

Jen








4 comments:

  1. Jen, I know I was an easy student, (I think) .....I could tell that you cared, and you were also quite excited about "your material", which is your life.....it is all woven together, as "teaching others to teach" is a passion for you. I feel I earned 2/3 semesters worth of information from YOU!
    EDU214...3cr......experience.....priceless......

    see you in the CALT!
    Liz T.

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    1. Liz - You are kind. Yes, this "all" is a passion to me. But, I still dislike the first day when we don't know each other.

      Serious,
      Jen

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  2. I agree with Liz! You made class so interesting and fun! I always looked forward to coming to EDU 214! It was clear that you enjoyed teaching and getting to know your students. I wish I could take more classes with you but thank you for teaching EDU 214 last semester. I loved being apart of your class!!!

    Joy W.

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    1. Oh, Joy - I loved having you in class, too. You always brought such great energy.

      But, the first day....ugh. Still not my favorite.

      Second days? Yes! Second weeks? Even better.

      Have a great semester,
      Jen

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