We’ve all been there. Sad summer is coming to an end yet excited to start a new school year. Inevitably, the “back to school nightmare” emerges sometime between mid-July and the end of August. Usually this nightmare includes forgetting important items, not being able to make it to school on time, and there is always an embarrassing article of clothing that happens to be missing.
The “back to school nightmare” forces you to stare into the near future. Another year brings another chance to work magic in your classroom and learn from your students.
Students, it’s true! Teachers are just as nervous on the first day as you. It doesn’t matter if it’s their first year teaching or their 25th year.
You won’t have enough.
Enough what, you ask? Enough copies, enough calculators, books, and mostly you’ll worry if you have enough energy. Apologies, the worry about not having enough will continue….until the end of the school year.
Oh the bladder…
You will have to be trained again. No more free peeing. You will be back on your old schedule in no time (morning, between second and third block, and after lunch). Until then, be weary of extra fluid….
The alarm clock won’t go off.
You get stuck in traffic. Your car breaks down. For whatever reason, you don’t make it to work. GASSSSSSPPPPP.
Not being able to eat lunch with your people.
Sometimes your lunch is changed. It’s horrible. There is nothing worse than being the only one in your crew that has a different lunch time. BOOOOO HISSSSS to being the last to hear all the weekend updates.
None of the students will sit down.
Ok, wait, that’s my “back to school nightmare.” Every. Single. Year. Students would be milling around, unruly, and thank GOODNESS I’d realize that it was just a my “back to school nightmare.” If your some kind of dream analyst, I guess you’d say classroom management was always at the forefront of my mind.
So, what did I miss? What is your ridiculous back to school fear? Do you have a “back to school nightmare?” Please share!