What do teachers do the week before students arrive? One would assume that these diligent instructors are busy making bulletin boards, photocopying worksheets, planning lessons, and making name tags. A teacher has to find time to do these wonderful things, but not in the nine to five the week before school. No, the fare for the week is meetings, meetings, meetings. Meetings to pump us up to go teach. Meetings to decide who has bus duty when and when do my students have lunch. Meetings to decide how we will collectively help our students do well in reading and math. Meetings to learn how to use the new science kits. I could go on, but you are already bored, and that is from just thinking about what the meetings are about. I am anxious for next week to start, and the real action to begin.