How many things can you think of that fit this title?
Exercise vs weight loss, the distance traveled vs the proximity of a destination, picking up a new hobby or learning something new vs spare time on your hands (hello blogging!), aging vs energy level, and teachers vs students in May!
Before starting a blog a few days ago, I had written this title as one to use as April became May, the end of another school year. I figure I might as well use it, even though it’s bound to have lost some energy now that it’s late June…
Once May hits, most of the general public loves to ask a teacher, “Are you ready for summer?” I think I must look crazed when I reply, “No, not really yet!” I can’t come close to naming the increase of items to accomplish while dealing with the decrease of student effort (generally speaking) at that point in the year. Please don’t take this as negativity, I’m just telling it like it is and maybe bringing to light a teacher’s version of the end-of-school. (Btw, I’ve taught for many years and still love it!)
Finishing projects, keeping curriculum lessons moving, planning for special events, reviewing and testing, maintaining high standards – oh, and having a fun, memorable closure to a year are on the increased stresses. Conversely, students are on decrease mode, which is easy to imagine, ‘been there done that’, totally understandable too. They know they’ve worked hard, finished projects, had reviews and tests, are trying hard to maintain quality, and yet they see the light at the end of the tunnel – the summer sun beckoning, vacation plans ahead, and the May calendar soon becoming June!
Keeping it all in perspective is key when “crazy time” comes. Prioritizing, praying, smiling, deep breathing, staying flexible, and knowing that the finiteness of a school year really does mean memories in the making.
One more that goes along with the list but in reverse… decrease of summer days vs. an increase in a teacher’s prep for the next year. Thank goodness for a short break to become balanced on the seesaw before seeing those back-to-school ads.