The. Jitters. Are. Real. Even after 10+ years, I still get the First Day Jitters. Not because “I can’t do it” or because “Things are new” since neither of those statements are true this year. When I was a newer, “greener” teacher, the jitters were FOR SURE anxiety and definitely fear! HA!
These days, the jitters more because excitement for what is to come and the undeniable unknowns of each year. I want to make a good impression and make strong connections with my students. I hope to inspire students and engage with families. I hope that I can make a positive impact in my school and help be a supportive teammate, colleague, and committee member to my school district.
I, like many of you, spend hours picking an outfit, prepping lunch, looking over plans, double checking my list of procedures to cover, and prepping my family that summer is over. That last one takes most of my energy, LOL!
Why do I do this? Personally, I have many goals and have some really cool opportunities coming up in the near future. I am excited for the year to come and I’m ready… I think?!
So, on this First-Day-of-School Eve, I say to you: Embrace those first day jitters, because this year will be whatever you make it to be. Get excited for this year and ride that wave of excitement, so when THOSE days (you know what I mean) come, you still have so much to look forward to!
Welcome back to school and enjoy those jitters… in this Crazy Teacher Life!