Today was Tyler's first day of 2nd grade!
Tyler was excited about entering the second grade until he found out who his teacher was, then he was terrified! When he found out he called me at work on the verge of tears saying, "I have Mr. Cowen and he's the meanest teacher in the entire school!". The morning of his first day I got him up, made him pancakes, and gave him a pep talk. I explained that he shouldn't be judgmental and should give Mr. Cowen a fair shot. Besides, normally when children think a teacher is "mean" its because they are good teachers who mean business.
Once he got to class and saw his favorite friend Madison (girl in the bottom picture) he forgot all about being scared. He was then excited to be in class with his friends again. I called him after school and asked him what he thought about Mr. Cowen, his response: "He is the nicest teacher! The best in the entire school!". The lesson today is not judging a person based off rumors, get to know them yourself and create your own opinion!