Friday, 4 September 2009

Happy New Year!

For some of you it's been a few weeks already, (two, three?), others are just finishing the first week of school in this school year like myself. We started on Tuesday, had some real lessons on Wednesday, so this is really the third day when we have them. All good things come to an end, so do the holidays, but that is just another good thing, isn't it.

How should you start the new school year?

Be lazy. Just go through the stuff you learned at school today and do your homework. That will do for all that hard work you will otherwise have to do. If you leave your books and notes in your schoolbags, you'll forget most of it and then you'll have to do some serious studying.

Be naughty, but not too much. Most teachers can deal with a reasonable sense of humour. They can even laugh with you. It's the ill humour they resent. Expressing yourself is fine as long as you let the people around you do the work they have to do.

Have fun. Find the good things about school. Your friends are there (I know many of mine are!) and you can chat with them to your heart's content. Just don't do it during the lessons. Hugging forbidden this year, sorry, says the ministry of health.

Make plans. Plan your next holidays. Make sure you enjoy them. Do the work before that so that you have no "debts" in that field.

Read. Reading is learning. Even if you read magazines. It will be easier to read school stuff if you read anything else. Go now and find that trivia/football/car racing/music magazine you love and enjoy it!

Good luck, lots of common sense and plenty of success - these are my wishes for all you guys and gals out there that go to school - and to your teachers!


  1. Oh I can't wait till school starts here! 6 more days before Becca is back off to school. She's starting to get on my nerves just laying around always bored and wondering if I'll go for walks or do this that or the other with her when I come home from a long day of work (quit often 10 hour days). At least once school has started she'll be home after I get home and I will have some time to recoup before the begging starts!

  2. Maybe I should know this, but I don't realy remember seeing it anywhere: How old is she? What kind of school does she go to?

    I understand the feeling when everything is quiet and you totally like that! No feeling of guilt needed: when she comes home, you'll be there for her, better "prepared" after a morning of peace :)

  3. We get the onslaught of college kids pouring onto campus next Tuesday. The first-year college students somehow such the energy out of you, with their intensity - just leaving home, that big step into adulthood, so many new things to learn and do, so much expected of them. My son is coming back from visiting his brother in New York in time to plunge into a heavy load of classes. May these students all do well - may they not stumble on the hard work - may they take time to enjoy the beauty of this late-summer-early-fall school-starting season. And, Minka, best of luck with your own teaching - you are such a dedicated and caring teacher.

  4. Well Minka, Becca is 11 and going into grade 6. Right now I have her in French Immersion and she's been in that since half-way through grade one. I had switched her from strictly English to French Immersion because she was finding school too easy and was rather disruptive when she'd be done her work before the other kids got going with theirs!

    A morning of peace doesn't equate into this unfortunately. I start work anywhere from 5:30 am to 7 am, depends on the shift my boss schedules me for. Therefore, I'm home from work anywhere from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm with Becca getting home roughly around 4:45. At least I'm pretty much guaranteed about 15 minutes of peace before she walks in!

  5. Mary Ellen, that must be a special atmosphere indeed - with all those students around. I think there is lots of energy especially at the beginning, isn't there? Thanks for your good wishes!

    Skye, I see now that you already wrote that in yout first comment, sorry, of course you musr first both get home. I understand your decision to switch to the French immersion - I believe knowing another language can only enrich you and it's never too soon to learn.

  6. This is great advice for homeschool students too; I'll pass it along to my boys. =)

    Happy new school year to you too!

  7. I'm glad you find it useful :D

  8. Be naughty? I never liked being naughty, at least, I didn't like being caught being naughty. I was the unnoticed rascal.

  9. Naughty and unnoticed? What's the point, then?

  10. I had to be the class clown but managed to complete my work at the same time. I miss school days, I think we should all be made to take our final year in our thirties!!