What a great, much needed rest.
It’s been a week since Spring Break came to a close, and I’m hopeful for the next two months! The first few days back from a break are sometimes rocky – did they REALLY not remember what country we live in after just a week away from school? – but I think we’re back in a groove.
As a teacher, each new school year seems to provide a blank slate of possibilities for what’s to come. On the first day of school there is a magical feeling, like anything is possible and we’re going to learn everything by the end of 180 days.
Now that spring has come into our school year, there’s a sense of urgency. I only have them for a short while, and an even shorter amount of time until their end-of-the-year state exams. Now we tend to focus our curriculum into a tight laser of “the essential” stuff we want them to know before they’re out of our hands once again for the summer.
And isn’t life the same way? We start out with wild dreams and crazy expectations (in a good way). The world is our oyster.
Halfway through, we start to get a little more practical, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had. The reality that not EVERYTHING is going to be accomplished in one lifetime is pretty clear now, and we start to focus our efforts on what we thing is most important.
I haven’t reached the spring break of my life yet, but whether we’re there, or around the halfway mark, or even if you’re still at the first days of school – this is clear:
Treat every day like it’s the final days of learning. The last days of school are coming soon enough….