The start of a new school year brings excitement and anticipation to teachers and students alike. Each party to the relationship is wondering about the personality and interests of the other. As a teacher, I know that those first few weeks of school can really set the tone for the rest of the year. I always walk a fine line between wanting my students to enjoy and look forward to coming to school, and making sure that they understand our class rules and routines. At the same time that I am establishing a class structure that ensures all students feel comfortable taking risks and expressing themselves, I am also trying to get to know each student as a reader.