Slice of Life: We’re Ready!

It’s quiet.
Carpet cleaned.
Books organized.
Spiral notebooks stacked.
Projector connected.
Pillows fluffed.

A large Post-it chart leans on the easel.IMG_4142.JPG

Baggies filled
new notebooks
and student selected books.


The walls


Conference table

IMG_4159.jpgSmall spaces
for alone time

are scattered



Devices powered.


We’ve been waiting, all summer, close to bursting with anticipation.
For 32 times 2 fifth graders to enter to learn.

We have high hopes.
to read literature that supports journeys of compassion and understanding.
to provide tools and time to think and write; to write to think.
to find a book to love,
to write their story,
to laugh out loud,
to explore new ideas,
to play with words,
to become a part of a community,
to be our best,
to support another soul.


Tomorrow I start school with a mixture of anxiety and excitement.
The can’t-believe-I-get-to-do-this-work feeling.
I begin by saying thank you.
Thank you, beautiful students, for coming to school today!*

And thank you, Two Writing Teachers for Slice of Life Tuesdays. Read more slices here.


*borrowed from Shana Frazin.




16 thoughts on “Slice of Life: We’re Ready!

  1. What a beautiful, joyful, hopeful post about the first day of school! Your students are so lucky!! Have a great first day!

  2. Love your environment, but best of all is the list of hopes. It will be an amazing year of thinking in your class and you will find the best in each and every student. Have a great year!

  3. YOU are ready!!! I predict when you parrot Shana, your students will genuinely say THANK YOU back for being so ready and excited to begin this great work of reading and writing in a safe, nurturing community. ENJOY!! And keep writing about your work. YOU inspire me!!

  4. Thank you fro giving me a glimpse of you classroom world! Wishing you a wonderful new school year! I just stopped by to see my room today (all messy after floor cleaning) as we don’t have students til after Labor Day.

  5. Looks like such a supportive and fun place to learn, Julieanne. I only wish we lived closer together.

    Wishing you so much success this year – I can’t wait to read all about your journey this year.

  6. Here’s to a fabulous year in that wondrous book filled space. And it will be even better when it’s filled with students. I love seeing the yellow foam on top of the storage bin creating another space to be alone. Love these hopes: “to find a book to love, to laugh out loud, to support another soul.”

  7. Wow! I had two immediate reactions. My first thought: How lucky these kids are to walk into such a warm and welcoming environment. My second thought: How inspiring this post is. It almost made me wish I were starting a new year with new students…almost! Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing it all.

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