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When a Teacher Nests

With only a few short days until teachers in my district have to report back to their classrooms, I have a feeling I’m not the only one doing a bit of nesting.

If you’re a female and have had children, you have some idea what I’m talking about.

Nesting activities for a teacher resemble those of an expectant mother.

We run our cars to the shop for last-minute oil jobs and other maintenance jobs.

You might remember from a previous post that I recently spent nearly five hours at my local car place.

We clean our houses frantically with the full knowledge that the dust and cobwebs will quickly overwhelm us.

We reorganize…cleaning out closets that haven’t been touched in…well…awhile.

Take a look at the before and after photos of my linen closet…

Not only do we attend to our homes, but we also take special care with our babies’ rooms, making sure that every nook and cranny is filled with items of interest to engage them in their various modalities (that’s teacher-speak for “ways of learning”)…

We begin to have dreams about the children who will be delivered to us shortly.

We fret over their futures…about molding them into responsible young adults…as we take our lesson plan ideas and transform them into the coherent thoughts necessary for district-required paperwork.

We think deeply about our discipline plans, should things go awry, as any good parent would…

We’ve enjoyed the bliss that is called summer, but we are quick to acknowledge that it has only been the precursor to a glorious new season of fresh hope and anticipation, both for ourselves and the charges we will soon be mentoring.

This is what it’s like when a teacher nests.

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