We are headed down the home stretch. The countdown has begun. This is the time of year when everyone thinks teachers are gleeful and full of vigor. It’s believed that the stress and rigor of the year should be slowly evaporating. Most of us are approaching the end of the year while others have already bid farewell to the 2019-2020 school year. The reality for a lot of educators looks more like high emotions and angst especially in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.
Some teachers may be leaving, some are unsure of a potential grade level switch, many are anxious about everchanging mandates, and others are simply drained from all of the events and incidents of the school year. Since co-dependency is a real thing, some teachers feel a sense of loss and emptiness during this time of year. They’ve poured their heart and soul into the school and have zero to look forward to outside of the work they do in the classroom.
It’s an awkward time of the year. As an educator, you’re either in a state of ecstasy or anguish; few falls in between. So what should you do with these feelings? Embrace them, experience them, then reflect. As you start the arduous process of figuring out how to pack up your classroom or office space, reflect on the following:
How did you make it through?
Did you meet your personal goals?
Are you thriving or merely surviving?
What was a success and what totally missed the mark?
Each question lends the opportunity to critical process your test. I like to refer to this as “checking your rearview mirror”. During the course of a school year, a lot of things happen seemingly simultaneously, during those times teachers are in survival mode. The time to reflect is minimal. Although there are multiple breaks in the school calendar, no break is more extensive than Summer Break even if you’re forced to stay in the house. Shortly after the last day of school, take some time to identify your successes, your failures and how you can improve next school year. Once you’ve done this, commit to enjoying your summer! Just in case you need a little assistance in doing this:
3 TIPS TO SUMMER BLISS
- Find your Happy Place: Determine your interests and hobbies. What brings you joy?
- Make a healthy change: What areas of your life could use immediate attention? Diet? Exercise?
- Take time to enjoy yourself: Factor in “ME time.” Don’t minimize, limit or overshadow this time. Helpful Hints: This “ME time” is NOT school or work related!
Dear Summer Break, we’re so happy to see you and can’t wait to hang out with you!