Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Old Beginnings {SOL 8.30.16}

Summer is officially over, but I'm not too sad. Sure, I will miss my free choice days where I could go or do anything. But I'm ready to get back to school.

I am moving up from 4th grade to 5th grade this year and I am really looking forward to it. I'm looping with my class from 4th grade. They are an awesome group of kids and I'm looking forward to seeing what this year brings.

Looping with the same group of kids greatly reduced a lot of my nervousness over this new school year. I already know the kids and they know me. Instead of spending the first quarter of school trying to figure each other out, we can hit the ground running. It's an added benefit that their parents know me as well and are familiar with how the classroom runs as I also know a bit about their family routines.

It just makes things easier -- for all of us.

Not having that nervousness for a new class has made getting ready for this new school year easier. I can begin to plan because I have a feel for where each student was last year. Of course, I am leaving lots of room for summer growth as we all change over time.

I can't wait to get started.


9 comments:

  1. I always wonder if the kids know that we get nervous to meet them as well. Have a wonderful start to your year.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have done this several times, and I love it! You're right about hitting the ground running. I felt like we accomplished so much more than the years when I had to start fresh. Though some years I have been grateful about starting fresh! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Having looped many times, I know the feeling you are writing about. I loved looping with my classes and enjoyed that let's get going feeling we had on the first few days. Enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Having looped many times, I know the feeling you are writing about. I loved looping with my classes and enjoyed that let's get going feeling we had on the first few days. Enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I always had students two years & sometimes three, a wonderful thing as you wrote. Have a marvelous beginning as you move into this next phase of their lives!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Although I didn't officially loop, I did enjoy having my former students again in middle school. It just makes for a different kind of relationship doesn't it. Hope you have a great year!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I can't wait to get started either - here's to a great year in fifth grade!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I can't wait to get started either - here's to a great year in fifth grade!

    ReplyDelete

Please leave me a note to let me know you stopped by...