I totally work myself up over the summer, worrying, over planning, going nuts... (We develop our own curriculum so I am ALL over the place trying to get things lined up and I knew almost all the kids, which gave me a whole other set of worries.) Bright spots-- my students that looped up with me visited the day before school started and were very out of sorts... they came in happy, helpful and ready to roll. Phew... I was thinking they were cranky about having me as their teacher again! LOL! The new kids are blending in and quickly making friends. I took a class picture and the girls all had their arms around each other-- a good sign to start-- though with this age, friendships are precarious, so I will hope for the best No social conflicts yet (!) One boy I was very worried about academically and socially decided to start a newspaper, and got the other boys on board... they were drafting ideas for articles during writer's workshop and all got started on their first articles before the period was up I ended up whipping through today's planned lessons, and half of tomorrows. They were so quick to get started on things. We were able to problem solve and have reasonable conversations (last year's group couldn't do this without someone cracking jokes or making silly comments!) We divvied up class jobs, worked out some rules about the reading area, came up with noise guidelines, etc.... all with great discussions, thoughtful comments, etc. They are a QUIET group. I gave them free choice and run of the game shelf when they finished math today-- nope, they almost all got out books and read instead. Now hopefully they will all stay this way!