Good morning and welcome to Second Grade! This is going to be one very amazing year and I am glad that as your teacher, I get to share it with you.
I have been thinking of what to say to you on this very first day of school, thinking of what you would want to know about me. I could tell you about my educational background – that before I went back to school to earn my teaching certificate and Master’s degree – I was a Microbiologist. I could tell you that I am a life long learner, I love learning and will never stop. I could tell you that I recently moved back to Phoenix from Washington State. I moved back because I missed the desert too much; Arizona is in my soul. I could tell you that I have been married to Mr. M, my husband, for over ten years and that we have two wonderfully sweet, kind boys, one in first grade and the other in third grade. I could tell you about our dog and cat.
I could tell you all about those things, but during the time we are together you will get to learn about who I am as I will get to learn about you – your interests, your families, your dreams and goals.
What I want you to know about me is simple. I want you to know that, even though I am meeting you for the very first time, I care about each and every one of you. I believe in you and know that you are capable of great successes both at school in reading, writing, math and more, but also in life, in becoming who you want to be. I am here to challenge you, to push you, and to cheer you on. I am here to celebrate your successes and help you see that mistakes are learning moments to treasure, for they only make you stronger.
Oh yes, this year is going to be amazing and I don’t want to wait another moment so lets get started. Welcome to Second Grade – I am proud to call myself your teacher.
Sorry about my very distinct lack of blogging. My house is filled with boxes, my brain (and several yellow legal notepads) are filled with lesson planning ideas and first days of school activities. In thirty-five short days I will stand in a classroom filled with students, my very first class of students. Those moments are powerful and I want them to resonate with compassion, hope, and excitement for a brand new school year. I am composing what to say. This is only one of many drafts floating around in my head. I figured I would type it out and see how these words of mine look.
I may tweak them a bit, but I must say that I think I like the look of them.