New School Year


Introduction

It's the first day of school. It's exciting. We have a lot of new faces. We have a lot of new clothes. Some are excited to be here and some imagine going somewhere else - anyplace else. Some students will do anything not to be noticed while others want everyone to notice them and everything they're doing. Some students are trying to figure out who their new friends will be and how their old friends will react to them now that they have entered this new phase of their lives; some don't care because they will continue to be with the same crowd they've always been with, seemingly unaffected by this transition in their lives!


It's the first day of school.

On the first day of school, you can feel the excitement in the air. We’re all getting back together for another year, and it’s like all our old friends are back together too—and there are some new faces as well.

Some classes have more students than others, but no matter what your class size is, by now you know that every room has its own personality and energy level. You may be looking forward to starting a new chapter in your life with an inspiring teacher or maybe dreading going into that classroom full of kids who are older than you or bigger than you or both.


It's exciting.

The first day of school is exciting. Excitement can be contagious, so let's try to make sure that we're all excited by the same things.

Excitement is a good thing. It means there are new possibilities ahead for you and your students. Even if it seems like there have been too many changes already this year, remember: change can be good!


We have a lot of new faces.

As you begin the school year, it's important to be welcoming to the new students who are entering your education community. New students bring new ideas, perspectives and experiences. They can help you learn something new. We encourage you to welcome them with open arms and make them feel like part of your educational community from day one!

You might be thinking: "how do I do that?" Well, there are many ways! One way is by helping them find a good study space in our library or classroom where they can get their work done without feeling overwhelmed or distracted by others nearby; another way is by making sure there are enough materials for everyone in class so everyone gets a chance at independent work time when needed; finally, providing an opportunity for all students (new ones included!) to ask questions during class time allows everyone an equal chance at understanding what's going on during lessons so they don't feel left out when learning takes place around them - especially helpful if someone doesn't understand something right away but wants clarification afterwards instead of waiting until later on down road when they've already forgotten what was discussed earlier...


We have a lot of new clothes.

You have a lot of new clothes this year. This can be exciting, or it can be overwhelming. It's also sort of terrifying—you don't want to be the only one dressed like a nerd while everyone else is in cool clothes!

You're not alone in your feelings about shopping for clothes; that's why we've brought together this guide to help you navigate the world of fashion for school!

Here are some questions to ask yourself before buying a new outfit: What does my personality look like? Is this outfit expressing who I am, or am I trying to fit in with other people? Is this outfit going to make me stand out as unique and different—or am I just trying too hard? Am I being myself, or do I feel like a poser wearing these clothes?


Some are excited to be here.


Some students are excited to be back at school.

Some students are excited to see their friends.

Some students are excited to see their teachers.

Some students are excited to see their classrooms.

Some students are excited to see what they will learn this year!


Some imagine going somewhere else - anyplace else.

Even though school is a place where you spend most of your time, it doesn't mean that it's always going to be perfect. Some students are unhappy with their grades, performance or getting into trouble at school. Others are unhappy in their relationships with friends and family. It can also happen because we feel sad about something bad that has happened in our lives outside of school.

Some students imagine going somewhere else - anyplace else - when they're not feeling happy at school or home. This may seem like a good idea at first but it won't make you feel any better because wherever you go there will still be problems that make you unhappy!

The best thing to do if this happens is talk about how you feel with someone who cares about you like an adult teacher or parent so they can help find ways for things to get better again;


Some students will do anything not to be noticed.

Some students will do anything not to be noticed. They're shy, they're scared, they're worried about making mistakes or being singled out or embarrassed or judged. You probably know a few yourself: the ones whose desk is always pushed in at the end of the row and whose head is down as they walk through the hallways? Those are kids who want to go unnoticed—and not just by teachers or other adults but by their peers too!

They'll never admit it out loud; there's no need for that kind of vulnerability in high school. But if you notice them at all, chances are that you'll see them with headphones on (as if music could drown out everything around them), eyes glued to their phones (as if Snapchat could help alleviate anything), hands covering their face (as if blocking out any sort of light might make them invisible).


Others want everyone to notice them and everything they're doing.

The school year is a time when all sorts of people come together to learn, from the most outgoing and talkative students to those who are more reserved. You may have noticed that some students like to be the center of attention, while others prefer not to draw any attention or have their work noticed by others.

Whatever your preference is, it's important that all students feel comfortable at school and supported by their teachers, so they can focus on learning and growing in new ways.

As we begin this new school year, let's remember that every student deserves a safe place where they can thrive—no matter what type of personality they have!


Some students are trying to figure out who their new friends will be and how their old friends will react to them now that they have entered this new phase of their lives.

Some students are trying to figure out who their new friends will be and how their old friends will react to them now that they have entered this new phase of their lives. They may have changed physically, such as gaining weight or losing it, grown taller or shorter and they may even have started wearing different clothes or hairstyles.

Some students are also trying to pick up some new skills in the hopes that they can become popular at school. But most of all, many students want a fresh start with their peers after spending the summer with family members who don't understand what it's like for teenagers growing up in today's world of technology (and parents who don't always get it either).


Some don't care because they will continue to be with the same crowd they've always been with, seemingly unaffected by this transition in their lives.

Some students don’t care about the change in their lives because they will continue to be with the same crowd they've always been with, seemingly unaffected by this transition in their lives. For example:

  • Some students are more concerned about the social aspect of school than they are their grades. They want to be part of a “cool” group and may not care much about academics.

  • Other kids might like the idea of starting over and being part of a new crowd, especially if it means being popular or getting better grades than you did last year (or even just making friends with people who aren't your old friends).

  • And then there's still others who aren't too worried about any of these things—they're happy with what they have and don't feel as though anything needs changing in order for them to be happy again next year at school!

The first day is overwhelmingly quiet as we start the year with the most basic expectations and routines before we teach any content or skills; what those first days look like depends on where you are in your career as an educator or child of an educator.

The first day is overwhelmingly quiet as we start the year with the most basic expectations and routines before we teach any content or skills; what those first days look like depends on where you are in your career as an educator or child of an educator.

If you are a new teacher, it’s a chance to get to know students, their families, and your colleagues; it’s also a chance to get to know your classroom and teaching style—and see if they match up. If you have been teaching for some time, maybe all of these things are familiar but there may be something new that catches your eye: perhaps a student who seems particularly engaged this year or maybe even one who has slipped through cracks over the years finally makes headway.


Each student is taking this time differently and it's important that we remember that in your work, whether you're with kids or supporting teachers who do that work every day!

When you're with students, remember that each student is at a different stage in their life and has different needs. Some students may have experienced trauma, others might be struggling with anxiety or depression.

Some students have never been taught to read before. Others have been through some serious academic trauma and will need extra time to feel comfortable being in the classroom.

Teachers can't possibly account for every single possibility when preparing for the new school year! It's important to be mindful of this fact as I prepare for my first day as a teacher this fall: even if I'm prepared for something specific, it's always possible that something unexpected could happen on that first morning together. In order to ensure success despite this ever-changing environment (and because we all like happy endings), it's important that teachers are flexible enough to adapt their lesson plans based on what happens during class time or outside its walls!


Conclusion


We look forward to seeing what this new school year holds for us all. It's time to get back into the groove of things and start looking forward again!

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