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Welcome to the #WeekendCoffeeShare, hosted by Diana at parttimemonsterblog.com! If we were having coffee today, on 8/13, I’d tell you…
Summer’s over, but I can still visit Endless Summer in my mind! I’ve been back to work this past week, getting ready for the new school year, trying to stay on the positive bus. I know how to do it, so I’m going to try. For me, it certainly involves relaxing, getting away (even if only in my imagination), and to avoid workplace negativity/ burnout or dwelling on national and world news (Ugh). So, this morning for coffee, I’m visiting Italy with a dark roast and a bit of almond milk with sweetener. Yes, it’s 11 a.m. and I’m still working on my coffee. Don’t judge! I like where I am. So, in my imagination, I’m sitting, sipping my coffee and staring out at this. Ahh.
In reality, I’m sitting here choosing that as my reality by using my words and my keyboard. You see how this writing thing works? It has saved my life on occasion.
I must confess, I’m drinking coffee late because I slept in due to being out last night dancing with friends. One of them was in town so I knew I’d see her and a few other mutual friends. My boyfriend and I met them. It was a great escape, talking about non-work stuff, watching a crowd of people I don’t know, who all seem impossibly younger than I but not caring or worrying that I look a fool when I hear a song I’ve got the nerve to dance to. I know, that seems like a run-on sentence, right? I’ll leave it be this time. Anyway, wearing sneakers helped a lot. I’m at an age where comfort is key, and a t-shirt, sneakers, jeans combo is my go-to attire.
Funny, I was going to mention how I am empty in the writing area lately, but it is doing me right today. I don’t know if you like it, but I like where it’s taking me. Yes, my thoughts seem a little disorganized, and I apologize. Summer left me unfocused, but I really needed to relax. The writing I’m doing right now is helping me keep my state of mind positive. The purposeful writing that I need to do to get my ideas channeled into writing projects will likely come when it truly feels like fall.
Since summer’s over, and fall is on its way, let me share my letter to fellow teachers. I see an epidemic with new teachers and some veterans that leaves them with little personal life, children who long for them to come home, or neglected friendships and relationships. Some of them work during the summer to set up a room, only to find they were re-assigned to a different school. Others are just so tired that they take it personally when kids don’t respond to them (the latter is me; I did that). Really, those long days will happen in the fall, when you have to reach a parent right away or some other urgency occurs. Right now it is too soon to stress out. So, here it is:
Yes, your classroom looks good enough. Go home! Yes, you’ll likely forget some little detail. It means you’re like the rest of us. Go home and remember you’re a human being with friends, family, hobbies. Relax. It will make your first day smile much more genuine when you meet those kids.
A 17 year veteran teacher who has been there.
I plan to be the teacher who is all about positive energy this year, and it will happen because my brain is calm and relaxed. That’s my goal. I’m also planning on things going smoothly with the family, so that my brain energy is focused on being all that I can be for myself and for the needs of others. Yet, if someone in my family needs me, this calm state of mind could only be helpful at that point, as well.
Have a great week, everyone!
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