Well, that’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? And there are certainly some “easy” moments I’ve experienced, but the truth is, I have filled some of many days planning and thinking about the next school year…..thinking about what worked last year and, of course, what didn’t…..thinking about rearranging the room (for the hundredth time)….thinking about setting up new systems for tracking data (or do I just keep the old?)….all of these things and more roll around in my brain as I ponder being the best teacher that I can be. I know I have lots of things I need to improve but there were also things that worked well last year so I won’t be “throwing out the baby with the bath water” as my grandmother used to say.
All that being said, though, there is something very beneficial about taking the time to refresh ourselves from the daily routine during the school year. That refreshing can take place in a lot of ways and a lot of places, too. Sitting on your back porch and thinking about absolutely nothing…….paying the bill for the person behind you in line at Starbuck’s……going for a swim…..relaxing in a daytime movie….reading a book for fun….teaming up with some friends for a girls’ day out…hitting the flea markets….even cleaning out closets can be refreshing if you actually have the time to do it well! Whatever you do to refresh yourself, make it count. Don’t think about school. Focus on that moment in time and just relax. You will enjoy each day so much more when you take time for yourself AND you will be better prepared to start back to school when the time comes.
Roald Dahl said it best, I think, inA little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”
So, what are YOU doing for ‘refreshment’ this summer?