Teachers out there know that smell…the new crayon. It’s still perfect. It still has all its paper wrapping and is perfectly pointy. It hasn’t rubbed up against other crayons and gotten dirty. It hasn’t been dropped on the floor, or broken in half or left in the lost and found bin with a bunch of broken crayons. And if you close your eyes and take a whiff of that new crayon, you can still transport yourself back to your childhood. For teachers, the crayon smell is a high. For students, not so much.
September is the new crayon. The classroom is clean. Desks are straight and chairs are tucked in. The white boards shine and the post-it note dispensers are full. There is no “wet foot” or “yesterday’s tuna” smell. There is no crumpled paper in the recycling bin. There is no sand on the floor. It’s all about the anticipation.
Let’s be honest, it all falls apart somewhere a few months down the road when teachers are writing report cards, preparing for Christmas concerts, meeting with parents, meeting with staff members, marking assignments, planning for lessons, reteaching missed concepts, coaching students and any other of the many hats teachers wear. It is at those times I encourage you to sniff the crayon.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
So, what is your favourite back to school smell? Let us know in the comments below.
(c) 2013 (This post was used with permission from the now defunct blog The 10 Year Old Teacher.)