When you're a teacher, there are bound to be a few things that get the grown-up you just as excited/nervous as you did when you were a kid. One of those things for me is Scholastic Book Orders. When I was in school and my teacher would pass them out, I'd already have half of the catalog circled by the time I got home, and then I would wait anxiously for my teacher to finally pass out the books once they arrived. I still do that, only this time I don't have to wait for the flyers to get passed out, AND I get to be the first to get my new books!
Another thing that makes me feel like I'm in elementary school again is school picture day. Choosing my outfit, practicing my smile, getting into position- toes on the line, turn your shoulders, lift your chin, tilt your head, and waiting for the pictures to arrive (meanwhile planning who "gets" one...only now it's more like trying to figure out who would possible want one!)
Wednesday was school picture day. I don't know if it's just "here" or if this is going on everywhere, but there's something different about picture day.
Here I am on picture day:
That wasn't this year's picture day...that was when I was in 3rd grade! Personally, I think I look pretty adorable, in my pretty dress and my fancy hairbows and smiling my big front toothless smile.
And even when my mom stopped dressing me and putting bows in my hair for picture day, I put a lot of thought into what I would wear for picture day.
So imagine my surprise when quite a few of my 2nd graders came to school on picture day in t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Not one of my little boy students wore a tie or a button down shirt. Only 2 or 3 of my girls wore dresses. And not even half of my kids turned in the picture order forms!
I asked them if they had practiced their smiles, and most of the kids who have missing teeth showed me closed-mouth smiles. I said, "You're not going to show your teeth?" and one girl actually said her mom told her not to show her teeth because she lost a tooth last week and her picture would look ugly! What!? Now, I'm not sure I believe that...but I'm also not quite sure I don't.
Anyway, I wore one of my favorite sweaters, smiled with my teeth showing, and I'm getting pictures (all teachers get a free pack of pictures!)... I wonder how they'll turn out!