Tomorrow is the day, the first day of school. To say that I am not a little bit nervous would be a lie. I am nervous, I am excited and filled with anticipation with what this year is going to bring. This year I am teaching Grade 8, a new grade for me and I am already receiving feedback from my colleagues as to how set up and run my class. All intermediate classes at my school are set up the same way, individual rows not a lot of design, very sterile. I have decided to go against the grain. My students will start the year in pairs, on the condition that they can manage themselves, they will stay this way. I am trying to create a trust between us. I want my classroom to be as diplomatic as possible. Other teachers have told me that my students will not respect me for this, however I am hoping to prove them wrong. I guess that time will tell.