I have always loved the start of school, autumn and the lead up to the holidays. I’m trying to focus on the upcoming activities to keep positive about starting school again in a week. It’s that first week which is so difficult. There are meetings upon meetings, and then even more meetings. I really like the time spent in my classroom with students, but that first week no students are present. In my mind I’m already arranging my room and planning what units to start with. I still have a week of vacation left, but my mind is at work already. As much griping as I can sometimes do, I still love my job after 22 years!