My students are wonderful.
There is no doubt in my mind there is a change in our school.
I do not know what it is- the mixture is very much the same. We have a renewed administrative staff and many more "chores" on our list. Still...This year seems like it has come in with hope. Even the tech who works on our computers mentioned it last night at dinner.
We were told this is the worst fifth grade they have ever had- and yet, we are seeing the best start to the year. No time outs yet (detention). The flow in the halls is good and children are engaged.
I have been ill- but teaching anyway. Not such a good idea, but the first weeks of school are so vital to the entire year. I have been light sensitive- so the lights have been low- which has made the classes quieter. It is the largest group I have ever taught- between 25 and 31 in a class.
I think it will be an excellent year!