It is no surprise that everyone has a hard time going back to work after a long vacation, and teachers are no different. Vacation means we get to spend uninterrupted quality time with our families and friends doing what we like to do.
In addition to enjoying a lot of unstructured time during the summer, I often participate in professional online book clubs and other self-selected professional learning activities. I know many teachers who do the same. (See this post for a glimpse of what I did this summer.)
Nevertheless, I often find myself having mixed feelings when summer break is finally over. Although I love summer because I’m on my own time and I can do with it as I wish, I love going back to school because I get to start fresh every year. I can reinvent myself and support my students as they reinvent themselves, too.
So, what follows are five affirmations, of sorts, about why I look forward to going back to school.
(1) I look forward to going back to work because even though I haven’t checked off everything on my mental summer to do list, I feel satisfied about what I did do and how it has made me better prepared for the new school year and a new group of students.
(2) I look forward to going back to work because right around this time, I begin to get a little bit bored. I love lazy summer days, but I also love teaching. I miss being in the classroom. Call me a nerd, but it’s true!
(3) I look forward to going back to work because I miss the excitement of connecting with students and colleagues. I miss the aha moments in the classroom. I miss the learning.
(4) I look forward to going back to work because I get up early while everyone is still sleeping. I use the extra time to read, write or mentally prepare myself for the day ahead. It’s a good way to ease into the day.
(5) I look forward to going back to work because I have learned to enjoy and appreciate summers off with my family. The break allows me to go back to school refreshed. I am particularly grateful for every moment of every day this summer. I have no regrets.
So, here’s the truth, guilt free and unapologetic: I wish I could have another week of vacation, or even just a day, and I’m glad to be heading off to school tomorrow.
This week I have the privilege of starting a year-long collaborate relationship with two awesome colleagues. Next week I get to meet my new class and immerse myself in learning. I can’t wait!
What are your affirmations for the new school year?