Is it really August 1st? August is hard for me. I'm desperately trying to finish relaxing and recharging for the school year, but the anticipation is building for the school year. I'm starting to think about how I'll build community and what I'll teach and what I'll pack for lunch. And then there's time coming in my classroom without students, and I hate being in my classroom without students. It's quiet and awkward. My first day with students this year is August 17th. That's 16 whole days of anticipation-building, trying to relax.
But I know I'm not the only one feeling it. Teachers feel it. Parents feel it. Students feel it. We're excited and apprehensive at the same time.
One of the things I like about the beginning of the school year, though, is a fresh start. It's like we get a second time for some New Year's Resolutions. Over the last few months I've been thinking a lot about what that means for being positive digital citizens. Therefore, as I count down to that glorious first day of school where I just get to hang out with kids and build community, I'm going to be offering some suggestions for students, parents, and teachers to start the year off right. Because let's be honest: being positive users of technology is hard, and it's going to require us to come back to it over and over again throughout the year.
I hope you'll join me in the conversation and the anticipation and set goals for being a positive digital citizens this school year. What are the things you do to teach or live positive digital citizenship?