First Day As a Teacher

Today was my first day as an actual teacher. I had a good day. I am going to enjoy my class. I am getting a ton of support from the other 5th grade teacher, which is helping a ton. Leading up to the first day has been pretty rough and exhausting. I am feeling overwhelmed by all the planning, the organizing, and getting the room ready. I need to work on getting ahead now.  I know that when we get into a flow things will calm down and a routine will be formed, which will be sweet.

The best part of the day...well, after it happened it was the best part of the day. I'm up talking in front of the class and a girl on my left screams "SNAKE!" I'm thinking "What?" and wondering if I heard her correctly.  Then she climbs up and stands on her chair and screams "SNAKE!" again. I walk over to her and lo and behold a real, live garter snake is on the floor.  Where did it come from? I am not really sure, and neither was anybody else.  It had to have fallen from the light or the ceiling tiles, or off a cabinet. The only think I know is that it came from above and landed on her shoulder.  That's right...her shoulder. A snake had landed on her shoulder. I wasn't going to pick it up.  I'm not scared of snakes, but there is no way that I am picking one of them up. About then, one of the boys says that he'll take it outside. I told him to wait and I asked him the "Do you know what you're doing?", "Have you done this before?" and "Do you know anything about this snake?" questions.  He seemed to know what he was doing. He picked it up. Marched it right to my door that goes outside, and he let it free. The class gave him two claps for his amazing "talent." I then preceded to tell him to wash his hands. :)  It was the talk of the grade for the rest of the day.  One of the kids told their mom. She didn't believe her. That is how unreal it was!! I don't think there are too many 1st days like I experienced. I'm sure it will provide me with a great story for years to come.

I'm exhausted and am going to bed. Tomorrow brings new hope for me followed by a weekend to rejuvenate and recharge.

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