Tonight was Back To School Night for my youngest daughter who is in middle school. I get to take the teacher hat off and be a mom on this evening. I was amazed by the energy and enthusiasm of my child’s teachers. Every single one of them talked about how they wanted their students to succeed. I feel like my daughter is very lucky to have such wonderful teachers for her first year in middle school.
My own Back To School Night is tomorrow night. I hope to bring that same energy and enthusiasm to the parents of my classroom. This is going to be an exciting year of learning, and I hope I can show that to parents. I want to encourage my parents to let their child take more responsibility for their learning, and I want them to know that their children are capable of doing things independently. I realize that it is hard to let go and trust that your child will figure things out. But, they do. I want my parents to understand that I have high expectations, and I believe all my students can reach them.
Tomorrow will be my twenty-sixth Back To School Night. I can’t believe it. You would think that after twenty-five years Back To School Night would be easy. The truth is I still get nervous. My heart beats fast. My palms get clammy. I break into a sweat. I have to do a lot of self-talk before the event. I know what I am doing, and I know what I am talking about. Nevertheless, I will be happy when tomorrow night is finally over!