Happy Memorial Day Everyone!
School’s out! We had our last day of school on Friday, and this is our first official day off.
So let the summer begin!
Ignore all the things left undone in your classroom. Don’t think about the ever lengthening list of things you must do before the next school year begins. No worrying about new standards, new procedures, new student right now.
Another year has wrapped up. You have taught those students for 180 days (give or take if your school isn’t as strict about that as ours!). You have poured into each learner. Invested time, money and extra hours into the lessons. You most likely have graded hundreds of assignments and papers, written many difficult parent emails, and had some tough conversations with staff, students and parents.
I know there are classes to take, licenses to renew and certifications to update. Seminars and conferences already are speckled throughout your June and July calendar. You will go above and beyond to challenge yourself to be a better teacher next year.
Take a break.
Summer is that time to recharge, renew and relax. And you should do that. Spend extra time with your family, especially those kiddos. Take a step back from your classroom. Don’t check your school email for a week (or more!). The next time you are on Pinterest, avoid looking for pins on first day of school activities.
The first days of summer are always the sweetest. Drink them in.
In a blink, the first day of school will be upon us again. A new group of students will need your time, your attention and your love. But that day is not today.