It only took a week, but I'm back to my old form. I did a terrific job this summer of letting go of acronyms, assessment strategies, classroom organization ideas, and general teaching 'baggage'. But, like riding a bike, it doesn't take long for us to get back in the thick of our teaching world. As I begin my yearly prep-plan, I am noticing how easy it is to dive head first into it all. The funny (and slightly alarming) part about teachers is that WE LOVE TO DIVE HEAD FIRST into our world and be immersed in it. We smile as we prepare to dive in and greet all our other colleagues who do the same. But as I begin my planning this year, I am wary. I am dipping my toes, testing the water, but cautiously approaching the edge. Why? Well, this is the question I'm trying to answer today. What is it that is holding me back? It is not like I am procrastinating in planning. I have already planned 3 new PBL units for the coming year (and I AM PUMPED about it) but this feeling is a different beast all together. It is more a kin to reluctance. I, in all my wisdom of three teaching years, have learned a few very important things. One being that this 'head first' mentality is GREAT in September, but it is hard to maintain throughout the year - we do not dive head first in May us teachers. Oh no, we avoid the water all together (haha). So, the goal this year is to maintain that 'head-first' feeling all year long without actually diving in and exhausting myself within the first two months of school. I really have no clue HOW to do this because after all, I am who I am - a teacher. I will try to follow this small list of suggestions to remind myself to swim slow and steady to last for 10 months:
- Do something un-teaching related once a day that I love.
- Maintain physical activity: swim, bike, run, climb, yoga, repeat.
- See family and friends often.
- Read a book of my choice (currently reading Oryx and Crake)