Meet the Teacher and Deja Vu Again and Again

Every year it's the same thing.  I promise myself that I will be ready for Meet the Teacher (2 pm on our work day) and I have everything put away and be sitting calmly at my desk working on lesson plans. 




And every single year I fail.  This was going to be different, however.  I had some new systems in place, I had left my room in better-than-normal condition in June, and I just "felt" that this was my year. 


I still ended up with bins of stuff that I had to hide.  These are two of them.  I was too embarrassed to show you the other places I stashed things.

I was able to get a table set up for community supplies JUST in the nick of time. . .

And I did get my introduction letter, my "getting to know you" sheet, and an information note about our writer's notebooks ready.  "Welcome to 4th grade" pencils have name labels and are parked at each desk.

So when the doors opened at 2:00, I was ready--at least to the innocent bystander!  I love this day--former students (I like to refer to them as "survivors" in front of my new students) come back to visit, I see siblings, and get to finally place faces to names for my new herd!  Instead of getting tomorrow off, I will be back at school trying to put a little more away and getting some planning done.  Back in the trenches for good on Tuesday!  Hope all of you are doing well . . . 


  1. Don't tell anyone, but I like to hide my mess under my desk. :-)
    Grade 4 Buzz

  2. I thought I was probably the only teacher never completely done that I had to hide a few things in the closets!! Thank goodness parents don't look in there!!! Lol!

  3. Have a great start to your school year! We started this week, and I'm surprised I'm still awake!

  4. I still haven't unpacked all the mess I shoved in hiding spots over two weeks ago. Chance are I might not unpack them two months from now. I figure chances are pretty good that I might get to it by next school year. LOL!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. I love that you have "Meet the Teacher" before the school year begins. We have Family night in mid-September. I think it would be great to meet the families beforehand as it might ease everyone's mind.

    Remember that old saying: A cluttered desk is a sign of genius....think it goes with bins too!

    Have a great year!