The first three days are just teachers and tomorrow is just a work in your room day, which is always my favorite. I love to put up the bulletin boards, decorate the room, organize everything, and get ready for the year. Tuesday and Wednesday are meeting days though, which isn't quite as fun. There's nothing like going back to school and then having to sit all day. Although it is a great reminder of how the students must feel if they are asked to come and do the same thing!! Not in my room though. They will consider themselves lucky if they get to sit for a few minutes because we are go, go, go, the first few days as we practice routines, get to know one another, and just have some fun.
The first few days are always so exciting. I get to meet all my students who are excited about being in 3rd grade and learning "multiplication" and "cursive writing." They are curious to meet me and see what their teacher is like. Some come in with big ol' smiles and hugs while others quietly tip toe in hoping to avoid me until they have time to check me out. Of course they never get away long until I get to them to give them their back to school hug!
I am truly blessed to say that I enjoy my job. Sure it is exhausting both physically and mentally, but every day is a new day full of surprises. I never know what to expect and that's what I love. Sometimes it's challenging, sometimes it's frustrating, and sometimes I can't do anything except laugh, but it's a great job and I love it!!