“Vacation” is winding down. We didn’t go anywhere, but the break from work ends tomorrow night. I have done bits of work nearly everyday to prepare for going back. I even went into school twice to get some work done but this always happens on the weekend – and I begin to feel overwhelmed about all I need to do to get ready for my 22 kiddos.
Most of us put in many more hours than the “cushy” 8am-3pm job so many people think we have. Many of us, myself included, work in the summer and have other jobs to help supplement our income.
I know that I moan and gripe about all the work I have to do outside of school, wondering how many other jobs require bringing home so much work in the evenings and on “vacations” but in the end, I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Teaching is what I love to do. Seeing the awe and wonder in the eyes of these kids as they learn and absorb the world around them is magical.
I have so many great ideas and things I want to try with them when we go back. I always feel rejuvenated after a break but even more this year after an incredible workshop I attended in December. Dr. Jean is an amazing educator who believes that children need to move and play and explore, at all ages, but especially in the younger grades. She also understands the constraints of common core and how much has to be done in the classroom and this workshop has inspired me to bring some of her ideas into my classroom and mesh them into the curriculum to keep Kindergarten fun and engaging!
Sometimes when we are feeling overwhelmed a coworker of mine likes to remind us, “Remember, these ‘babies’ were in diapers only a few years ago. If they can’t write a paragraph right now, it is okay! Just like they were potty trained in their own time, they will get these skills their own time too!” She is right -and it takes someone like her to keep us grounded and on track!
Do you ever have one of those days….or weeks… that you just feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done? This is one of those days. It is already 9:30 pm and I still have not finished!
I got to work before 7 am this morning and didn’t get home until 6 tonight. For everyone who thinks teachers have “the greatest hours” I have proven that wrong! Plus, for the last two hours, I have been doing more school work. I know a lot of it is just beginning of the school year “stuff.” It is not just me, I know a lot of my coworkers are feeling the same way. There is so much to do at the beginning of the school year. Things usually slow around mid-October.
Tonight, I came home to a yummy dinner that Dave had made. All four of us sat down and had a real dinner conversation. No matter how hard we try, finding those days are few and far between. That was the most relaxing part of my day. Thirty minutes of family time before getting into my pajamas to jump back into school work.
So tonight’s blog is a quick one. The quote is a perfect one. I love teaching….I love my class, I love Kindergarten! It will all slow down and I will catch up. I always do 🙂
Two days of school are done. 178 to go!! It has been a fun couple of days. It has been exciting. It has been a whirlwind. It has been exhausting! Anyone who thinks teachers have it easy, “with their summers off” and “great hours,” hasn’t spent a day in the classroom!!
Especially in the first few weeks of school!! I get to school an hour before the students arrive and I stay long after they leave. I bring home work that needs to get done in order to be ready for the next day. Half of my weekends are spent planning for the upcoming weeks. Of course that is all work that gets done after taking care of my own family, who needs to have dinner made, get homework done, lunches made…
I am not alone. I know this, and even though I am feeling as if I will never be able to get it all done, it will. It always does. I am lucky because I love my job. I love teaching. I love getting up and going to work everyday. There is nothing else I’d rather do for a living. The rewards far outnumber the exhaustion!