Just as important to me were the visits from former students. One hailed from our 1996/7 fourth grade class. Two or three are currently students at Joplin High. Others were from the middle school and from our own fifth grade. The brief conversations I was able to have with them are priceless to me.
The classroom is ready for today - even if some of its new occupants are a little apprehensive. They may be pensive when they hear that the schedule calls for us to hold Hoggatteer Boot Camp.
Like most times, I like to embed and intertwine skills, procedures, introductions, engaging activities, and movement throughout the day. Students should have some stories to share when they get home.