Stir Up the World

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Aug 19 2012

the eve of year 2

I thought about doing a “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” parody, but that’s too much effort.  I’ve spent this weekend frantically getting ready for school to start, and thankfully, I’ve been completely numb.  Last year, I was in a flat panic.  I think I’m just extremely focused on tomorrow.

I really think this year is going to be better — I can already tell that I have a much healthier attitude going into it.  For one thing, I know that tomorrow is a big deal, but, contrary to what I thought last year, the first day of school isn’t the end-all be-all for teachers.  There will be many many many more days to make up for any mistakes I’ll make.  Also, I’m a lot more “chill” in general about this year.  Maybe I’m still exhausted and worn out, but I know that school will happen and I’ll teach and life will go on.

I’m so excited to be here, though.  I really missed Arkansas over the summer, and I never thought I would.  I’m proud that I’m doing something meaningful with my life and actually, as cliche as it sounds, making a difference in the world.  I just spent the last half hour looking up icebreaker games, and some of them sound really fun!  I hope to have a much more relaxed, but stricter classroom this year.

Also, for some reason, all I can think about is what I’m going to do next year.

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    "If one desires to 'stir up the world,' it is easy to be impatient with work for the sake of work. Yet no story's end can forsake its beginning and its middle." -Joshua Wolf Shank on Abraham Lincoln