Happy New year! And by that I mean, of course, "Happy New School Year!" Let's put aside the fact that the reason our school year does not match our calendar year is that it was constructed around planting and harvest back when this was still a predominantly agragrian nation, and we just haven't gotten around to updating it for a couple of centuries.
Let's face it. A new school year is way more important anyway. For most people, the difference between their lives in December and January is practically nil. For teachers and students, however, one school year can be vastly different than the previous one or the next one. For students, there is a new wardrobe, a new set of classmates, a new set of teachers ,and, if everything goes right, a whole new set of skills that have to be mastered. For teachers, even if your teaching assignment is exactly the same from year to year (lucky you!) the year is bound to be very different, based on a new set of students.
The next few weeks, before the official start of a new school year, will be busy with preparation—preparation of supplies, of the physcial space, and of yourselves. There are forms to fill out, boxes to unpack, bulletin boards to construct, and probably a lot of presentations to attend (Did I hear someone say "endure"?). I hope though, that we can all take a little time to come up with at least one or two new year's resolutions.