Summer is here, and it is amazing. For the first time in my entire teaching career, I am not completely burned out at the end of the year. As expected, I am exhausted, but still enthused. In fact, I am excited to do the many educational related things I had labeled #summerlist on Twitter. I finally have the time to blog about all of the activities that I had taken pictures of all year. I’m anxious to restructure my lessons. I’m actually dreading “refiling the pile” of papers and lessons that I just couldn’t stay ahead of the last few months. But, I am looking forward to have a clean desk and a fresh start!
What’s the problem then? Summer! I am home with my children. I am their full-time activities director. We sleep in, play all day, they go to bed “late” and then I go to bed “early”. I actually have time to enjoy cooking. We do not have sports practice every night of the week so we can even sit down and eat dinner as a family. I get to spend time with the few friends that I was able to stay in touch with this year. Life is so good!
Each night during the school year I would work after I put my children to bed. Now, I’m hardly working! I’m trying to read my educational book studies, blog, organize “the pile”, and start unit organization for the fall. Instead, I usually end up going to bed blissfully early. I’ve realized that I may never catch up on book study. I have missed my family so much this year. I realize that I have missed all of the other things that I love doing. I have missed free time. I am excited to get started again for the fall. But summer has fogged up my focus. I just don’t have the time yet.