“Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.” –Prince
I’m not a morning person. I am a middle of the day kind of person; however, as far as the school day is concerned, my favorite part of the day is the beginning. I know that goes against who I am as a person, but the beginning of the day is a brand new day. Whatever not-so-nice stuff I said the day before is done and over with. I can move on, and the students can move on. From time to time I say not-so-nice things. Not often, but sometimes. A new day means that the students can start fresh. When they come in the room, I am at the door to greet them and get them started on a new learning adventure or a continuation of the adventure from the day before. A new day means that if they did not understand the day before, there is another opportunity to master the content. A new beginning means they have another chance at almost anything and everything.
As an instructional technology coach, I still feel the same way. I like the beginning of the day. When everything works for me in the morning, I am able to get up and out of the house soon enough so that I can get to the office and have a few moments of quiet time. I like to have time to think about what needs to be done for the day and make a plan. I like anticipating what is to come. My days are very different although I do the same thing at each school. The teachers are different, their readiness levels are different, and their expectations are different. I like having time to mentally prepare for what’s ahead. I like the quiet of the morning and having time to watch the day unfold. It’s pretty awesome if you think about it.
I also like getting to work before the others so I can get a good parking space.