Every year I have to remind myself that this thing we call learning is a marathon, not a race. My enthusiasm for teaching often gets in the way of the overwhelming feeling that I need to give all of my knowledge (though it is definitely limited) to my new students ASAP so that they can apply it through the rest of the school year. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, though. So for today, I am reminding myself that this marathon of teaching and learning, will have a finish line, although distant. Ironically, I read some of Aesop’s fables this week to foster discussion on theme. When I came to The Tortoise and the Hare, I felt confident that the story was more for my “lesson of the day” rather than for my students. Slow and steady wins the race, right? We are going steady right now and will not slow down. We will keep pushing ourselves and challenging our minds until we reach that finish line….with you cheering us on as we cross over towards victory. This year will be filled with many exciting times. New projects, special assignments, unique activities are just begging to be let out of my bag. They will come…a little at a time, day by day. The rewards for this life learning will be exponential. I can’t wait to see what this year brings. Welcome to it….and please grab your running shoes!