Friday, December 24

Winter Break Work

Its Christmas Eve morning.  My grown up children are home, along with a friend.  Everyone is sleeping.  I couldn’t wait for winter break to recharge my battery,  and guess what I’m doing while everyone sleeps?

I’m working.

When I say working, it encompasses a multitude of tasks for school.  Of course, I always begin with my to-do list.  This is the list that I write of goals I want to accomplish during my one week off from school.

Here’s my to-do list:
·         Lesson plans for first week back
·         Parent newsletter for January
·         Update website and blog
·         Report cards – compose comments
·         Plan Poetry Project
·         Plan Radio Station Project
·         Plan Informational Text Project
·         Review tutoring materials for student with dyslexia/apraxia

Isn’t this what all teachers do on their first day of winter break?

One of my goals this year was to bring more balance to my life.  I’ve let go of many school responsibilities and focused more on teaching and learning.  I’ve done a pretty good job with this goal.  For me, this to-to list is filled with items that I can't wait to sink my teeth into accomplishing.  

The tasks on my to-do lists are things I love.   It doesn’t feel like work to me.  I have a tendency to take on too much, and the responsibilities that I let go of this year were ones that drained my energy and brought forth too much stress.  Now, I’ve become much more selective before I take on added school responsibilities.  I’ve learned that when I stay focused on teaching, I’m blissfully happy.  My scales are balanced because I'm doing what brings joy to me.  

So, while everyone is sleeping, I’m happily organizing, preparing, reflecting and getting ready for the new challenges 2011 will bring. 

I can’t wait.


Anonymous said...

I am with you, and you are not the first teacher with the same type of resolution. It really is amazing what teachers are thinking at the end of the year and the changes they want to make for the second half of the school year. I am seeing this more and more.

Someone needs to start a teacher resolution page where we can all state our goals and rewards and support each other as only other teachers really can.

Nancy Hniedziejko (Nancy Ehrlich) said...

What an absolutely fantastic idea. Fortunately, I get a lot of my support from my PLN on Twitter. The people I interact with are the most supportive, caring and encouraging. Thanks so much for reading my blog and leaving a comment.

Anonymous said...

You made me feel so much better about letting go of many school committees that I was on and focus on my teaching and classroom even more. Thank you for your thoughts and sharing your time and talents with us! This is my 28th year of teaching and probably my most challenging group of learners (behaviorally). I hope to recharge and be ready for the second half!

Sue Downing said...

Do you have a student with Apraxia of Speech? I'm looking for ideas/advice to facilitate oral reading.