Well tomorrow is the start of a new trimester of teaching. You would think after 9 years of teaching the ‘first days’ wouldn’t give me the butterflies, but it does. Maybe it’s my fear of the unknown. Maybe it’s not wanting to have change, after all I did get used to the antics of my freshman class. But always get this feeling knotted up in my guts the night before a new trimester…all 27 “night befores” I’ve had in my career…not to mention the years I was actually a student!
But by this time tomorrow, I will be reflecting on how exciting the change is. How refreshing it is to see new ideas from new students. How there is the hope that we can create another successful learning environment in the classroom.
I guess as I sit here and type this, I really just need to learn how to replace fear with hope. Just thinking about it now seems to be helping. So if you have suggestions on how to “out with the bad, in with the good” feelings, please share. 🙂