As both a student and an educator, I have always loved the first day of school. I love the rituals and the new school supplies; but I think what I really love are all the possibilities that come with each new beginning. We—including our students—are not the same people we were on the last day of school; summer changes us all. Even more than New Year’s Eve, August provides educators with an opportunity to make bold changes in our lives: that we have another chance to create and grow our identities with the launch of the school year. Here are four practices to help you set the tone—from relationships to routines to policies—and sustain your verve and values all year long.