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Students, Teachers Head Back To School

August 20, 2012, 7:29 AM by Kellee Azar

Students, Teachers Head Back To School

Students aren't the only ones waking up Monday morning nervous about starting a new school year in a new classroom. It can be a scary transition for anyone, even a new teacher.

"A first day of school is very different whether you are a first-time teacher at a new place or a teacher that has been there; even if it's just been one year, that can make a huge difference," seventh grade teacher Chris Haugan said.

For Haugan, teaching seventh grade math will bring a lot of changes from the elementary classes he's used to teaching.

"For me it's still just completely unknown.  I am used to an elementary setting where I have the kids all day with me everyday where I have to plan out their entire day and all of these different activities," Haugan said.

But in this middle school, it's no longer just one teacher all day; it's a team effort.

"Just being in middle school you have three other people on your team and we really work together quite a bit.  So the first day of school is kind of planned out just for our team," Haugan said.

"It's the best way to go.  This is my 38th year in middle school education and I taught in a junior high and have had a chance to be an administrator in the middle level.  And working with teams is absolutely the way to go because these kids are in such a time of flux that they really need us to still keep track," Memorial Middle School Principal Carrie Aaron said.

While Haugan isn't sure what the day will bring him, moving up with past students could make this transition a little easier.

"Part of my excitement is I get to come back in and work with some of the families that I have known through Discovery. I actually had fifth grade, a lot of my students I have this year I had in fifth grade two years ago which is actually kind of cool for me to see those families again," Haugan said.

The Sioux Falls School District resumes classes Monday.

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