Sunday, June 23, 2013

Please tell me I'm not the only one.

Okay teachers...this one's for you.

I'm hoping I'm not going to write this all down and get some big ol' line of comments about how terrible I am, but we'll see!

Please tell me I'm not the only one.

When it hits about 4th quarter, my mind starts focusing on the next school year.  I still do lesson plans for my current students.  I assess them.  I spend my time with them, working on specific skill needs.  I love them and cherish them.  I smile and laugh with them.

But secretly, somewhere deep inside of me, I am already making plans for the next school year.  I am thinking about things I can change to make the following year go smoother.  I am even staying after school sometimes to start working on organizational tasks that will make the transition go easier from this year to the next.

Please tell me I'm not the only one.

I jot notes, read books, and file papers for the next year sometime starting in April.  I start pinning things on Pinterest for the beginning of next year, instead of the end of this year.  I start to revamp my curriculum calendar in the evenings at home and start making notes of read-alouds and novels that I might want to hit.  I even go so far as to start planning for my classroom theme.

Please tell me I'm not the only one.

When the last week of school hits, I seem to be better.  I make sure my little darlings and I hit every single thing they need to hit before they leave on the last day.  I tell them that I love them.  I speak with passion (again) about the importance of reading and I pray that they leave my room knowing that there is an adult who cares for them deeply.

And then they walk out of the door.

We teachers wave to the buses and car-riders and walk back down the hallway to our rooms.

And that's when it happens for me.  My room is suddenly a blank canvas and I get to START OVER!

This is definitely one of the things that I absolutely love about being a teacher.  A fresh new start every year.  And while some teachers start thinking about their new year in August...mine usually officially starts in those quiet moments in my classroom after I've sent my current babies off to summer vacation.

Please tell me I'm not the only one. 

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