Panic set in...the list of things I need to do in the next 50 school days just ran through my mind. I have two more clay projects, the fine arts night is coming, new students start next week, but they missed art because of testing and field trips, I have to get my 3" Goal Binder filled, oh then there are those organizing projects, changing my bulletin boards, and ... the list goes on.
Teacher's Summer Count Down
What my friends think I do...
What my mom thinks I do...
What my co-workers think I do
What the media thinks I do
What I think I do
Sure, I love a good snow day to catch up on TV, laundry and all other ways to celebrate the unexpected day off, but it seems every year I have a little feeling of panic trying to make sure to accomplish all my goals set for the school year. It never fails when an art show deadline looms that the kids will be pulled for a field trip, testing or meetings. There is a wonderful juggling act of time management, deadlines, and making the most of time available as the year draws to a close.
As I talked myself through the idea of the countdown I realized that I just needed to not panic!
- Test will come and tests will go.
- Field trips happen and kids LOVE them!
- People will never know all the high reaching goals you set for yourself.
- Let some things go and set goals to finish special projects for next year.
Basically, we all do our best to fit in all the art shows, advocacy moments, special projects the students will remember for years to come between PD, conferences, and keeping up with our personal lives. Summer is a time to reflect, make plans for next year, visit with family and perhaps take in some special professional development or just a simple trip with family. While it is a wonderful and needed time of reflection, there is that moment of sadness when special students will move on to the high school. I will not panic. Instead, I'll enjoy the last nine weeks of 2015-2016 school year and every creative moment left!