My second first day / by Alan Strathman

Today was the first day of my second school year. And what a difference a year makes.  Last year I had no idea what I was doing or who I was doing it with. Today was much better.  it was much better for several reasons.

Parents and teachers know me and they make me feel like a valued member of the school.  Last year I worked with Grades 1 and 2 (I do this year too) and today a few parents of my Grade 2 boys who are now in Grade 3 wondered whether I could continue working with them. Either with their current teacher or instead of her. 

Both of my co-teachers this year will be great to work with and have been very open to incorporating my ideas.

I understand what I should be doing.  I'm still not always sure how to do it, but that is what the job is all about.

I feel good about what I accomplished in the first year and I have clear ideas for what I want to accomplish this year.

So, all in all, the second first day was much better than the first first day.