First Days of School…Whoohooo!

Yes, the pitter patter of little feet have once again filled the hallways and sidewalks of our campus.  Okay, I teach middle school.  There is no pitter patter of anything, so let’s try this again.

The slapping sounds of flip flops, the loud incessant chatter of early teens, and the weird vestages of leftover hair color have now invaded the sanctuary we call school.  Was that better?

This is our first full day with students.  In our labs, we have mostly 6th graders so we are seeing wide-eyed kids scared to death and lost as a goose.  We are assigning computers and playing games to learn everyone’s names.  So far I have Krispy Kreme Chris, Excellent Elijah, Magnificent Matthew, Exciting Evan, Talktative Tyler, and Karate Kristen to name a few.  We begin our days with a Name Game that assigns every kids an adjective that begins with the same letter or sound of their first name.  For the next nine months, I will be known as either Mr. Childers, Mr. C., or Terrific Tim.  I love it!

As usual, our labs were not quite prepared for the opening day of school.  We remodeled one room and the electrical is not done.  The air conditioning didn’t come on early enough and it will be over 100 degrees today with the heat index.  We’re having so much fun!

Seriously, as much as we complain and can’t wait for summer to get here, we also complain and can’t wait for school to get started again.  I look forward to hearing how your opening days are going.


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  1. Susan Tompkins said:

    I have until the 14th for my flip-flopping friends. Which, by the way, are against dress code at NHS. Please email me with details on who actually comes up with the adjectives for each person. I am not sure how to do it without it getting cruel. Thanks!

  2. Karla Halcomb - STAR Educator - TN Leaderchip Council said:

    In Knox Co., even though flip flops are flexibly allowed at our school, we were only exposed to the incessant chatter of the 4th graders on today our first day. Did we really have a summer? It’s still hot shouldn’t we be by the pool?! Where’s NHS?

  3. Susan Tompkins said:

    Karla, I am in Louisiana. I just jump around and read other states’ blogs. I teach High School math and was at the DC Institute this summer. I have one more day until I meet the masses! Take care. Susan

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