A number of my friends and colleagues experienced the scenarios depicted below. Luckily, I (Cathy) never did. The transitions were smooth for us as parents and for our children. As teachers, however, my husband and I would get anxious, whether teaching K or undergraduates: what will our students be like?; am I ready?; how will I get my classroom set up?; I don’t understand this new policy… Parents I spoke to (that were not teachers) were surprised by this. They assumed we had it ‘down pat’ and never even thought about it. They didn’t understand that every year was a brand new set of challenges and joys and it would take a few weeks to get things settled in.
I wish all the teachers out there, elementary, secondary, and higher education a great start to their year. May it be as smooth and fruitful!
All the best,