Every year I stop in the middle of September to catch my breath and to tell someone in my immediate vicinity, that THIS September is the busiest and most exciting one yet. My children and colleagues patiently remind me that I have a pathetically short memory and that I say the same thing year after year.
The back-to-school thing has always provided a weird thrill for me, which is apparently why I chose to become a teacher. Every time I decide to do something else, the “call of the school” drags me back and I am always delighted to be in the business of learning again. I believe that school is filled with experiences that are meaningful to me on a daily basis.
Not everyone has this school addiction. Adults all over the United States each year strive to identify the thing that will make school desirable to students, and possibly to themselves. We buzz around busily setting the stage for what we believe to be a quality learning environment. The arts (we hope) are placed into the schedule, and curriculum may even be set to include study trips to cultural organizations or to bring performances into the school. Read the rest of this entry »