The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Vacation can be daunting and overwhelming leading to a type of teacher tired that can only be explained by the image above. I have to say this is one of the most exhausting times of teaching. Right up there with back to school and the end of the year.
I am in several Facebook groups for teachers. It seems like every day there are the same issues from all over the country and beyond. Sadly, it is the same types of things. I hear how tired and stressed out teachers are every day. So it got me thinking, what are genuine reasons for encouraging teachers to speak their truth? When is it time to say we are too negative? What does all this mean for our kids?
There is a great deal of conversation around kids not reading. Many people say that electronics are pulling our kids away from reading. There have been studies by Common Sense Media that show kids reading books less and less. However, I am not sure that is true. Even if we did blame electronics or TV for that matter, we would see that most kids are reading screens more and more. Does the platform matter as much as the actual act of reading? Probably not.
Getting your classroom ready for back-to-school can often feel like a daunting and overwhelming task. I mean you have back-to-school decor and decorations to figure out, open house, beginning of the year essentials and back-to-school printables to prepare and copy. The list could go on and on! But you get my point.
Just last week, I said goodbye to my 18-year-old daughter. After 6 years of going to camp with our church every summer for a week, she was now going to be a camp counselor for that same camp she attended as a camper. She will be gone for 2 months. I realize this is not forever, but I know that it is just the beginning of the end.
A remarkable classroom community consists of a thriving group of learners who respect and care for one another. Achieving this type of environment can be a valuable accomplishment for the students and the teacher.
Especially on those days when you think you have it all together. You have the kids in the car, you’re actually dressed, everybody has eaten, and for the first time backpacks and lunches are prepared and in the car with you. You are driving along thinking to yourself, Wow, I got this! That’s when it happens.