Donna, I so agree with you about this being the best first week ever!
Well, it’s the end of week one of a new school year. While there were certainly times when things were hectic and while challenges definitely arose, overall this might have been the best first week of school I have ever had as a teacher. Want to know why? I made a conscious effort to slow down, enjoy the moment, and let my students do the same as much as possible while still trying to communicate that my classes would be rigorous but worthwhile.
Usually, in my AP classes, I begin as if we are running in a track race and the gun has just gone off. We sprint from the start and never let up. Not so this year. (Although some of my students, especially my newbies, may disagree with me. But trust me, I definitely slowed it down. :))
How many of us have heard the old “never crack…
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