The first day of school has already come and gone. You could feel the students' energy bubbling around the the building. The first day is a magical time: it can set your pace for the year. It can be filled with hopes and dreams and wishes . . . and jitters. I asked Siri to define the word "jitters". She said, "feelings of extreme nervousness". She also popped up a definition that looked like this:
2. slight irregular movement, variation, or unsteadiness, especially in an electrical signal or electronic device.
So maybe when my phone cuts out, it simply has a case of the jitters? Wicked cool, Siri!
When I was in 4th grade, my family moved from a pretty rough neighborhood in Cicero to the suburbs (a welcome, but scary change). I had first day jitters when I entered my new school. But my amazing teacher, Mr. Dykeman, helped changed that. He explained that oftentimes people felt nervous and worred about things -- like new schools and new people. "But", he said, "I don't buy into that. I prefer to think those feelings are excitement, and not nervousness or jitters. And, you know what? If you simply keep telling yourself that what you're feeling is EXCITEMENT, you will be amazed at just how great you feel." And he shouted out the word "EXCITEMENT!" one more time for good measure.
So I tried Mr. Dykeman's philosophy on for size -- and found it to be a great fit. Oh sure, I still feel jittery and nervous when there are changes or new things to learn, but remembering his words still helps me to this day. I just close my eyes and see Mr. Dykeman standing in front of his fourth grade kids, with his white shirt and colorful tie and black rumpled hair and great booming voice . . . and I switch it to EXCITEMENT! And things don't seem so bad after all.
Brown Bag Book Club will be reading:
Wonder (Grades 4 & 5) and Fish in A Tree (Grades 6 & 7)
I haven't figured out what we are reading in 8th grade yet. Any suggestions?
Watch for Brown Bag Book Club flyers and announcements coming soon to a backpack near you. I'm EXCITED!
Mrs. B (Sharon McCartan Bruemmer) has served as District 91 Webmaster (2000) and Kelvin Grove librarian since 2001. Stay informed about "all things LRC" by popping in and reading blog snippets.