Monday, August 22, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Cara: Recharging and Recycling

As this week draws to a close I will officially have a college student. Which, as much as I hate to admit, is now causing me some anxiety. So the first part of the week will be spent having some quality family time. Just us, without maybe too much distraction. So I will be recycling some posts this week.

As the "teacher buzz" has quieted down some now, since all the top secret information is out, we can all get over it. Kid is happy where he is going, got some buddies in his class. He's loving his new backpack. Alls right with the world. This post is from the summer before 2nd grade. He is a ripe old 4th grader come September. He made it through 2nd and 3rd grade unscathed. Imagine that. And I didn't hand pick his teachers. We all do what we need to do to point our kids in the right direction. I have to remember not to get caught up in what is going on over there and remember what's going on over here is what my concern is. So far it's going along.....

Getting over who ya got August 12, 2009:
One more post about the above topic. Who would think that such a regular thing like getting a new teacher for a new school year would stir up such feelings and “chatter”? I wonder when it’s October and the kids are settled in their new classes and back to their routines will any of this matter? I doubt it. They will have made new friends, got comfortable with their teachers and have gotten over it. But really who needs to get over it? Not so much the kids as their parents it seems.
Kids are kids. They have no idea who is the “fashionable” teacher of the year. (unless they are told) They have no idea which teacher is nicer than another. How could they? They haven’t even met their teachers yet. What do they have to compare? Nothing. All they may hear is one parent trying to make themselves feel better about their choices, by belittling or criticizing another parent’s choices.

Thing is what’s going to be is going to be. We may have thought we picked the best teacher for our kids but maybe it will turn out we didn’t. I don’t know. I don’t think we really know the “student” our child is. They may be completely different from who we know at home. They may decide for themselves (imagine that!) that they don’t like this perfect teacher hand picked for them. Either way, they will in the end create their own path and their own school experience we can only help to steer them in (hopefully) the right direction.

So I agree, in that we will just enjoy the rest of our summer. As far as Mike’s concerned he thinks the teacher he is getting is fine and dandy. He has no idea about who’s who in the 2nd grade teacher pool. I really think he couldn’t care less. He got a new lunchbox today with an attached water bottle that he thinks is the bomb and a “64 pack” of crayons for his new desk. Today that’s really all that matters to him.

Oh, and he got the WWE Collector’s Cup at 7-11 today! As we drove out of 7-11 parking lot he said…”Ya know what Mom? When I graduate from High School and I get to make a speech, I will say what a great mom you are and how you always tried so hard to make me happy!” See and you thought it was all about the 2nd grade teacher….


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