A friend of mine kindly suggested that I invest in comfortable shoes last year. It was my first year in first grade and I wasn't sure exactly what she was talking about. I smiled, said ok, and then went about my day. At 2:45 that afternoon, I TOTALLY understood what she was talking about. My feet were killing me.
One of the biggest differences between teaching kindergarten and first grade is the amount of standing time on the hard concrete floors. I spent most of my kindergarten time on the floor at eye level with students or sitting at a small group table. Not so in first grade.
Over time, your feet kind of get used to it I guess. Or, you just are so super busy all day that you forget about the pain...kind of like the need to go to the bathroom (another thing I learned about being in first grade- not many bathroom breaks.) Your feet lose that toughness over the summer, having spent many days barefoot in the sand, lake, and pool, in the air while hanging in a hammock, under the covers in bed all day, or soaking in the tub because you have time for more than a three minute shower.
It's been a great first week back. I love my new room, my sweet little first grade students, and new coworkers. I am excited about the year to come. Only complaint- my feet hurt!