Before, During, After: The First Days of School (A Teacher Comic Perspective)

The days before the start of a new school year are anxious times for teachers as well as students. Educators have their own insecurities and also, you often have a long list of things to cover on Day One. You write it all down on sticky notes. You make lists. No matter how veteran a teacher you are, there is always this looming sense that something important is going to be forgotten. You ponder this problem at 3 a.m. on the nights before the start of school.

Then the First Day of School comes. The students arrive. Amidst all the craziness of students re-connecting with peers and getting to know this new adult in their lives (that would be you), a routine begins to settle in. You get to know each other. A classroom community slowly forms. Expectations become established. The school year officially kicks off, and you begin to find a groove. It’s all going to be OK, you tell yourself.

As the first days of school come to an end, students and teachers alike are exhausted by the newness of it all. Finally, you can relax. Sort of. Now, you’re thinking: the coming Second Week of School is when we really start kicking the learning into gear. You ponder your lesson plans at 3 a.m. over the weekend after the first week of school.