This is just a survival guide for me to read next year, so I will know what to do, and how to best survive, the first weeks back to school.
Week 0 – Preservice
Waking up early and putting on real clothes is the worst. But it’s SUPER fun being back and seeing everyone! It is a busy, busy week. Do not expect to get too much school work done (or any work at all done) this week.
Week 1 – STUDENTS!
Even though I’ve been teaching forever, I still freak out the night before school officially starts. I don’t know why, maybe it is the fear of the unknown? Maybe it is just the death of my summer schedule – getting plenty of sleep, working out whenever I want, shopping, vacations, TV, and reading books? Most likely I’ve just forgotten how much I love what I do.
Day 1 – It just takes ONE class period for me to be in love (ok, obsessed) with teaching again. The drama of the night before is forgotten and I look back at myself and laugh (shake my head). But I’m glad it happened this way, because hopefully I can console my friends who feel this same way and will go back later this month. Feeling this way before the first day is REAL and TERRIFYING. But it is also ok, and will hopefully dissolve instantly on Day 1.
The word for this week is SURVIVAL, and maybe DON’T FEEL GUILTY. No, you will not have time to plan a lesson at school so you will have to do it at night. Yes, you will have to meet with someone every planning period. NO, don’t you DARE try to make dinner (I did, it was a disaster). Take out is your best friend forever. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t exercise, AT ALL. It will come later, but not this week. YES, it is OK to go to bed at 7PM. As much as you love it, you can’t go from Netflix to 100% people contact without some casualties. You WILL be crying on Thursday night. Your family will not understand. That is ok, because it is normal. The priority this week is SELF-CARE, or rather, self-preservation. You can’t do ALL of the things this week.
Weekend Interlude – SLEEP, exercise, and be nice to your family so they don’t worry too much about you after your Thursday night breakdown. Take Saturday off so you will feel human again. Take Saturday off. Take Saturday off. Take Saturday off. Sunday, plan like crazy and pick out your clothes for the week (thanks Meg). Go to bed early.
You’ve got this. You LOVE this, and that will get you through. ❤️