The Big Picture: What are kids thinkin’ on the first day?

I live with a first grader.  Here were her two big concerns prior to the first day of school:

One.  Will my teacher be nice? 

Two.  Will I have any friends?

I think we could ask any student, in any grade, in any school what their top two concerns are prior to starting a new school year and we would get similar versions to these questions.  It may go something like, Will I have a lot of homework?  or Will I have lunch with my bff?  But the sentiment is there — will my teacher respect me and will I be part of a community of friends.

As we’re making our initial plans, let’s look for ways we can answer these two questions for our students.