If You Could Only Bottle It.

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xcitmentThe first day of school brings an excitement that is unlike any other during the course of the year. We are lucky in that for students, teachers, administrators, and parents that each school year brings a new beginning.

In most parts of our society there is only one first day. There is the first day of college; the first day of your marriage; and the first day on the job. There is no such thing as a new first day each year in most careers.

This is a rare opportunity that allows schools to “start over” each and every year.

I was thinking that wouldn’t it be great if you could bottle the feelings and atmosphere of the first day? If we could just spread the good feelings of the first day out over the course of the entire year?

Everyone is excited. There is an anticipation and hope for the new school year.

It begins with back to school shopping in August to find just the right outfit so you can show up to school looking your best. Of course on the first day, this is a tough decision because you have several new sets of clothes from which to pick.

There is also the ritual of: going to bed early the night before; double-checking your alarm; not sleeping well that night, because of the excitement and maybe even a little nervousness; waking up earlier than normal because you are afraid you may oversleep; the wonder about who will be in class with you.

There is a certain excitement in seeing friends that you haven’t seen in 2 1/2 months. The hope that this school year will be even better than the previous year is something everyone feels.

You mull over all the possibilities in your mind: will your schedule be right, will you be with your friends, will the football team win a lot of games, and of course will we have a lot of snow days?

And that is just describing the teachers.

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4 Responses to “If You Could Only Bottle It.”

  1. Angie
    on Aug 28th, 2007
    @ 8:03 pm

    Until you’re about halfway into the day and you feel like you never had a summer. “Wasn’t I just here???”

  2. Jen
    on Aug 29th, 2007
    @ 7:30 am

    I wonder about people in year-round scheduling. Is the first day when you get a new teacher? Is it anywhere near as exciting if you were just there 2 or 3 weeks before?

  3. Kelly Christopherson
    on Aug 29th, 2007
    @ 9:11 pm

    True, oh so true. The whole idea that teachers and students are very similar in their view of school is one that most principals begin to recognize. For the first time this year, I did not return to school until the week before we were to return and then only for a few hours at a time. On this, our first day, I was excited to be back. I know I have work ahead of me but it truly feels like I had a break away from school. Thanks for contacting me. I’ll definitely be back.

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