Ready or not, here we go!
Day 1 is in the books, and it never ceases to amaze me just how much energy is coursing through the hallways of the school. The new sixth graders come in energized, wide-eyed, and just a bit unsure of how things are going to play out. Seeing former students during the day is also wonderful, while everyone is still smiling, comparing summers, happy to see each other.
Last week, during our staff development workshop, there was a great presentation that centered on the premise of 'living in beta.' In other words, having comfort in trying new things, fixing on the fly, and not being afraid to fail and learn from those experiences. My goal is to live in that as much as I can, while also pushing my students to that mindset. I think so often the kids get consumed with being perfect, what their percentage correct is, and what it takes to get the desired grade. A fantastic progression would be to have them embrace a truer learning...something authentic that transcends a single test or topic.
There will be many days to work on getting to that point. For now, I'm celebrating all the small Day 1 victories, and looking forward to tomorrow.