‘Tis the Day Before School Starts
‘Tis the day before school starts when all through the town
Busy teachers and students are everywhere to be found.
The classrooms are cleaned; each desk arranged with care
With hopes that great learning will soon happen there.
School zones signs flash, lighting up morning traffic
Causing groggy commuters a small bit of panic.
“Make sure you slow down,” these signs warn,
“for tomorrow morning, young children will swarm.”
Out and about, sun-tanned students visit store after store
Using supply lists to gather pens, paper, pencils and more.
Meanwhile, inside the schools, teachers collaborate, copy and plan
Making sure they are ready for each young woman and man.
Down in the lobby, new students check in
And counselors, office staff and administrators grin;
Good thing they are greeted by such an incredible team
Cause high enrollment is bursting each building seam.
Over in the library a group of teachers is meeting
Working hard to make sure that their lessons are keeping
with standards based units, concepts and assessments,
as well as individual student needs and investments.
The past week of in-service workshops
were enough to make any educators’ head drop.
But each moment closer to meeting our classes
Makes even the most boring PD session seem painless.
The afternoon wanes and I look around my desk
Which is slowly gathering its school year mess,
“Summer freedom feels fleeting,” I sigh,
as I look at the forms and papers stacking high.
As I get overwhelmed, thoughts of students interrupt my musings
And I pause to think of the rosters created by a computer’s choosing.
Each of these teenagers will soon be in my care
And I grow excited about all the adventures we will share.
All summer long, I’ve been reading and thinking
About all the ways I can be more engaging.
Professional literature and educational tweets
Are all fodder for ideas and plans I can now complete.
So bring on the students, the learning and fun
Even though it is hard to get up before the sun.
For each of my teacher friends far and near
Know that the 2014/15 school year is here!
By Jessica Keigan. Reprinted with permission from the Center for Teaching Quality, home to the Collaboratory, a virtual community for all who value teacher leadership. Original piece found here.