I'm an hour away from going into school for the second time this summer. The first was for a school climate committee meeting. The point of today's visit is to get my head around going back this fall. I know, I know, it's only August 11th and we don't actually start school until September 12th, but here's the thing: A huge mistake teachers make is to wait and wait until they HAVE to go back and get their classrooms ready. That's reactivity. That's what I want to get away from. So, I'm going back today, just to get the feeling of the brand new school building (yay!), to visualize how I want to set up my soon-to-be super friendly and functional classroom, and to just be there and see what kinds of feelings come up for me so that I can start the year off with lots of awareness. Breathe in, breathe out, be brave!