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QOTD – August 28 – Backpack √. Lunchbox √. Pencils √. Bullet Proof Vest √.

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I’m awake.

It’s the first day back in my school – a day for teachers, meetings, reminders, and set-up time. The students, with a week to go, are still tucked nicely in their beds, hopefully getting enough sleep that come September 4th, they’ll be ready to go without too many issues. Today, however, I am awake; at least I need to keep telling myself that it’s time to actually get up. My alarm clock has sounded, my cats are thrashing around the house, and I have to get out of bed. Really, I need to get up.

This is officially the start of my 10th year in the world of education. That means that I’ve been getting up for school for the last 28 years. My mom, who has been teacher for over 40 years, has been getting up for school for almost 60 years. It feels weird to think that I’ve spent more all but 4 years of my life waking up to the sound of an alarm, and listening to the bells between each class. It’s not a “bad” weird, just weird. I’m getting older, but it feels as if the routine continues.

My school has had a few issues over the last decade: SWAT Team appearances, guns being sold at school, at least three lockdowns each year, and definitely our fair share of school-day brawls. School can be a frustrating place for a lot of people – teens and adults alike – and we simply have to hope that everyone has found their coping mechanism, and that it doesn’t involve violence. After last year’s run of school shootings around the country, it seems like everyone is a bit more on edge than normal – which is understandable. All I can do, as an educator, is hope that my students are always safe in my classroom, and provide them with the best experience possible, in order to remind them that they can be successful at whatever it is they’d like to do with their lives.

Since this is the first day back – at least for me – my question of the day is definitely school related:

What were your first-day rituals for school? 

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

One comment on “QOTD – August 28 – Backpack √. Lunchbox √. Pencils √. Bullet Proof Vest √.

  1. A.M.B.
    August 28, 2013

    I remember looking forward to the first day of school. With new school supplies came a new outlook on life. Now my twins are getting ready for their first day of Kindergarten, which is next week. I hope school will be as fun for them as it was for me, but I worry about the added dangers. Columbine happened the last semester of my senior year of high school. So, my experience was largely free of those fears (somehow, the shootings before Columbine didn’t change our school environment much).

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