It’s that time of year! The countdown is on! 23 more school days left. (By the time this comes out, it may only be a week or so left). There are mixed feelings about approaching the end of the year. Some people are counting down to the end of the year with excitement and anticipation for the following school year. “Yippee! We are going to first grade!” Some teachers are just counting down because they feel the school year has been a trainwreck. “I can’t wait for this all to just be over.”
In some instances, people say we shouldn’t be counting down because it makes the students think we do not have to learn anymore. They have checked out. I think it depends on the attitude of the teacher and the chemistry of the class. In my class, we are excited about working hard to go to first grade. We are of the “Yippee!” mindset. Another teacher that has been struggling with students or the overwhelming workload, may have the other mindset. Either way, we shouldn’t be judged for our reasons as to why we are looking forward to the school year ending. I can’t remember a teacher that wasn’t looking forward to the end of a school year. Teaching is a demanding job that requires a summer reset! We need the downtime to gather our thoughts, reassess our priorities, or just simply rest.
This summer, my original plan was to take time for myself. I am starting in a new district in July, so I thought I would have all of June and a majority of July to myself for the first time in years. I typically will teach summer school, work on a summer committee, or plan over the summer. I couldn’t sign up to do any of those things this summer because of my transition from one district to another. What I have come to learn is that I will indeed need to be planning and preparing for my new position. As mentioned before in previous blogs, I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I want to be as prepared as possible. What I need to step back and remember is that I need to take time to re-charge. It’s ok for me to count down the time until I can do those things.
I always look forward to the end of a school year. Sometimes it is because I had a difficult year, but in other years, I am truly proud of my students, and I am so happy and excited to celebrate their growth. Whatever the reason, the end of the school year is always filled with anticipation for everyone. We just need to keep a positive attitude for the benefit of our students and ourselves. No matter the reason, even if it is the “yippee” mindset or the “trainwreck” mindset, the summer is our time to reset and recharge. Keep on counting down! What do you look forward to? Do you count down?
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