Instead, I will be in a new school, with a community that doesn't know me. I'll watch as 400 students stream through the doors in search of their classroom. The younger students will flood the hallway with hugs in their arms as they approach their new classroom and their new teachers. The older students will send high fives flying across the hallway as they check in at their lockers before heading to meet their new teachers.
The hallways will be full of energy. The teachers will be smiling, hiding that tiny bit of first day anxiety that lingers no matter how many years you've been teaching.
I won't be standing at the door of my classroom waiting for my students. Not this year.
Am I sad about that? Yeah. I am.
I miss my classroom. I miss the families that I've known for years whose children were finally old enough to be in my class. I miss my hallway pals and the conversations we had every morning while the kids streamed in.
I am excited. I am actually really excited.
Because this year? This first day of school?
The whole building is my classroom. And while I am not going to be greeting everyone by name (yet!) and I might not have my own class, this new adventure will have me exploring the world of educational technology with over 400 students and 100 staff members. An easy transition from corner classroom to entire school? Nope. A scary one? Kinda. One I'm ready to take on? Absolutely.
Let the technological adventures begin!