In the old school Batman, whenever there were fisticuffs, these big supertitles would appear, proclaming ‘Bang!’, ‘Crash!, ‘Kablooey!’, often in a multicoloured, large font.
And I always think of those a lot at this time of year. Because the first few weeks of the year, I often feel like my work life needs a few of those (thankfully not due to fisticuffs!).
The first few weeks of a new school year are exhausting, and very very hard work. After the bliss of summer and its time to think, read, see people and sleep, getting back into the groove with brand new classes can feel like jumping into a plunge pool. In midwinter.
I’m getting there, though. All my prior planning and preparation (Snoop Dogg would be proud!) is paying off and meaning that my lessons are planned and resourced well (bar the re-writes…lol), which is especially handy because of everything else I have to do at this point in the year. Settling eighteen boys and thirty odd parents (and a fair few nannies) into the routines of the school day and the curriculum is the bulk of my job at the moment, but now there are actual lessons peeking through….lovely.
Big parent-teacher start of year meeting tonight, and then I think we can all get right down to it….
How are you guys?