August 12, 2013
The Hideousness of First Days
Posted by Usha Rodrigues

We had 3 first days last Wednesday.  Our oldest started kindergarten, a new school and our first time in the public school system.  My youngest (7.5 months) started day care for the first time.  And our younger daughter started a new class in daycare. 

Whew!  Getting used to new routines and juggling 3 kids' schedules took a lot out of me!  Plus, it was jarring entering the new world of elementary school.  5 years in, we are old hands at our daycare.  A new school brings foreign terminology, procedures, and customs. I am a creature of routine, and I think the thing that bugs me the most about first days is that we haven't yet got the routine down, and we're just kind of making it up as we go along.  Blech.  I can already tell this week will be better!

I've been thinking about first days in general because 1) I'll be speaking to the incoming 1L class later this week, and 2) for the first time I'll be teaching first-semester Contracts students.  Any advice you might have to pass along to either group?  The topic of my orientation talk is "Preparing for Class."  And the topic for the first class is...Contracts, I guess.  I'm planning on jumping in without giving much of an overview.  But thoughts are welcome!

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