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“The Mind Flip”

Yesterday, Deb Day wrote a Slice about the way her brain “flips” and is ready for school. It resonated with me. I understood exactly what she was talking about and expect it will happen soon for me. The past few summers I’ve spent time in the days leading up to starting school saying So Long to summer.  However, this year, I’ve decided to spend the days saying Hello to a new school year. My upcoming blog posts are going to be about ways I get ready for a new year. Right now, though, I’m wondering how you say Hello to a new school year. Just leave your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Since my first day was today, my mind flip is now complete! I’m in school mode and loving the challenge of it all :). Things I like to do to get ready for school as a coach —- reevaluate my professional library, taking the new titles and thinking about who I can recommend them to; buy and organize new storage containers; figure out new ways to make my classroom a cool place teachers want to come and chat; start a new writer’s notebook; add new fonts to jazz up the documents I create; compile resources that fit with our year’s PD theme and collect applicable clip art in a Word document so I only have to run one search; build an updated OneNote notebook for the coming year’s PD; catch up with colleagues; build bridges for future work. 🙂 What do you do to say Hello to a new year?

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  2. I reread favorite professional books and search out a few new ones. This year I also spent some time creating a class website and blog and signed up for Kidblog for my class. I also spend time organizing my computer files- looking for ideas that worked in the past (or ones I have wanted to try). I also try to do a few things like rewrite my welcome letter. I have a notebook I keep of thoughts and ideas for myself, my team, our classroom, etc.

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  3. I like starting the school year by trying something new that I didn’t do the previous year. This year I’m going to blog with my students as a way to promote more authentic writing-and writing with a real purpose/audience in mind. Additionally, I just started reading Talking, Drawing, Writing. Thanks for sharing this on your previous post. I would love to chat with you about it on Twitter. Enjoy your year!
    Val

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  4. Reading books like Penny Kittle’s that MaryHelen mentioned is a great way to get excited about the school year. I was just rereading some of her narratives yesterday as well.

    I think attitude has so much to do with saying hello to the school year, gearing up with a positive attitude and excitement, rather than dreading that summer is over. Recently I have been talking with some new teachers who are getting ready for their first year, and it reminded me of those early years when the excitement was mixed with so much nervousness. Now, with experience, it seems like it is so much about taking deep breaths and realizing it is okay to take it one step at a time, knowing that there will be ups and downs.

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  5. Well, I think I say hello most of the summer by messing about with those things I don’t seem to find time for in the school year. I spent a day in my office re-organizing all the different kinds of books that I keep to recommend to teachers, and cleaned out files, readying for more. I take the time to do different kinds of writing, and I read, read, read. But now, as my brain turns, like Deb says, I get specific, doing a little each day like setting appointments with different people, starting a new writer’s notebook, a new calendar, and planning the beginning parts of the year to present to others. It’s a different hello because it’s just the 2nd year as a coach, but I’m still getting so excited to see what happens this year!

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  6. Hi Ladies,
    I went to a new grade level last year and I had the pleasure of packing up my old room, packing up the teacher’s room I moved into, and then unpacking my things when I finally got the room cleared out. Since I’ll be teaching the same grade this year I won’t have to repeat that chore. However, I say Hello to a new school year by purchasing supplies-because the sales are great at this time of the year. I also attend a few workshops in my district, and I start thinking about curriculum. I like mapping out the books I’m going to read aloud for the year, and trying something new that I didn’t do the previous year. For example, I’m going to be blogging with my students this year in an effort to provide more authentic writing opportunities. I love your writing blog suggestions and I just purchased the book, Talking, Drawing, and Writing. I would love to chat with the two of you on twitter about it. In some ways I feel like I never said good bye to last school year. Thanks for shariing this topic. I look forward to reading your upcoming blogs.
    Val

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  7. Because I love having extra time during summer, I think ahead to ways that I can have some special time with the kids even when the school year begins. It allows the mom in me to ease back into the routine. Right now, I’m going in to school and getting my rooms ready. I like coming in to my desk having everything in place before having to teach. I have saved a file on my email account that says “Beginning of the year”. Any end of the year memos, I placed in there. Sometimes I email myself at school to remember to do something and then store it in the file. I’ll be rereading those in the near future. I’m reading some Penny Kittle to get ready, as she is so encouraging about the reason for teaching. I’m also writing, getting post scheduled so during the busy beginning of the year, I’ll be ready.

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  8. I had a TERRIBLE year last year, both personally and professionally, and I’m finding I’m having a harder time getting myself into the “time to think about school” zone. Usually I start about July 1, thinking, reading, planning, talking with colleagues. It’s almost August, and I’m just not there yet, though I can feel it’s getting close.

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