A new month always starts with Day 1. In just over a week, Day10 pops up on the calendar. Ah, the double-digit days are here. Such is today, January 10, 2022. It all happened so quickly.
Today is the first day back in 2022 for teachers in the school district where I worked for so many years and where I now volunteer. When you work in schools, you really don’t think of the year in a calendar sense, you know, starting with January. January is the mid-point for us in education. June ends the year. Finis. No ball drops, but the last bell rings, and students and teachers gleefully run for their summer break.
The students in the school district where I now volunteer will come back to the classrooms on Tuesday and my plan is to show up on Wednesday. I remain well, knock on wood, and feel energized after four weeks away from the books, the props, the students. I’ve sent out emails to the teachers with the details of this week’s story, along with printable handouts they can choose to use if they wish. Later today, the first double-digit day of 2022, I will pack my bag of tricks. I’m throwing in a handful of optimism for this second half of the school year.