It doesn’t matter how many hours I’ve worked since June; today is my last official day of summer, and I can’t help but think of the things I’ll miss about it. If you’re not a teacher (or someone who loves a teacher), you won’t understand. That’s okay. I’m not asking you to understand. (But in the interest of full disclosure, I do kind of want to punch you in the throat when you raise a condescending eyebrow and say, “It must be nice to have summers off.”)
I’ll miss my empty DVR, my well-loved spot on the couch, and my ultra-flexible lunchtime. My heart sank a little as I put away my suitcase – leisurely travel is a summer-only luxury. I’ll miss beautifully unimportant adult conversations that don’t include any acronyms, levels, or scores, and I’ll miss the freedom to uni-task. Mostly, though, I’ll miss the feeling of being at least moderately-rested most of the time.
For as much as I’ll miss about these lovely summer days, I’m filled with eager anticipation for what’s to come. There is no time brimming with as much hope and possibility as the beginning of a new school year. It’s a fresh start (a tabula rasa, if you will) for everyone – students, teachers, parents, and everyone who loves them. And who doesn’t love a do-over? I’m excited to take another stab at changing the world this year. But for today, I will happily watch some mindless television, take an hour and a half to eat lunch (at a restaurant!) with a friend I don’t see enough, and stay up later than I should for no reason at all.
So, I’m thinking about overhauling my entire site in these last few weeks of summer. This has been in the works for a while, as I use iWeb to build my site, and Apple abandoned that software (with no replacement) several years ago. This means I can’t access it on my MacBook, which is my go-to computer these days. It also means that my site isn’t benefitting from the latest in website development tools.
To the visitor, this will hopefully mean a faster loading site that’s just as easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye.
I’m assuming if you’re subscribed here, you’re a returning visitor, so I just wanted to ask for your patience during any transition time. (I’m not sure yet what that will be like or how long it will take.)
Hope you’re all having a fabulous summer! Would love to hear what you’ve been up to!
I just finished a phone meeting with a representative from Lego Education, and I’m excited to share that they’ve sent me some of their preschool products to try. I already love the products, and I haven’t even tried them with any preschoolers yet!
Stay tuned for a post about how these Lego sets were specifically designed to support all kinds of early learning objectives.
I shared these thoughts tonight on Facebook, and they seemed to resonate with my teacher friends. Maybe they’ll be a blessing to you as well…
When we say that teaching is hard, please don’t misunderstand us. We’re not talking about the mountains of paperwork or never-ending to-do list. It’s not the meetings or the parent conferences, or even the curriculum. We can handle the lesson plans, and we can go entire days without a bathroom break if need be. That’s not really what we’re referring to either. We say that teaching is hard because year after year after year, 25ish families put their precious angels in our care, and we begin a race to be enough. Smart enough, sweet enough, tough enough, flexible enough – we are one person trying to stretch and grow enough in order to meet the very different needs of every single student. Every year, we love them like they are our own and give everything we have so that they can successfully leave us behind. They make us laugh, cry, jump for joy, and bang our heads against the wall. They are our greatest pride and our overwhelming responsibility. We work long into the night and, yes, all summer long. Those precious faces are why we say teaching is hard. And why we can’t imagine doing anything else.
I keep looking at the faces of those precious babies in Connecticut, and I just pray their teachers know that they were far more than enough.
My work with Scholastic has been a fabulous experience, but the opportunities it has brought forward have really made my head spin (in the best possible way). Today, we participated in a live webcast with Taylor Swift, who talked about her life as a reader and a writer. Last week, we recorded a question in a third grade class at my school, and Taylor answered it today. It was an experience that made the kids giggle and the adults get teary-eyed, and it was an experience that I know none of us will ever forget. The webcast has been archived, so I invite you to share in the experience. My school pops up about the 19-minute mark, but the whole thing is a big bowl of happy. Watch it all if you have time. She even gives a mini-concert at the end!
I know I haven’t updated in a while, but I’ve been busy with my latest project. I’m now a weekly blogger for Scholastic’s Top Teaching! The blog redesign hasn’t happened yet, but the posts are beginning to go up! I’m excited to be part of this fabulous team. Check it out!