Why I’m Not on the Couch Today

Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn (Creative Commons)

For the past two months I’ve been able to sleep when I want, eat when I want, go to the bathroom when I want, and basically do whatever I want.  Oh yeah, and I collected a paycheck the entire time.

I really don’t understand people who don’t work in education.

As fun as these past two months have been, they’ve also been incredibly necessary.  Some people think teachers don’t need a summer break, but anyone who is a teacher or is close to teachers understands the importance of that break.  Many of us cram 12 months worth of work into 10, working crazy hours and not only teaching, but also coaching, counseling, and parenting.  And trust me, if you want your kids to live, summer break is necessary.

But it all ends today.  While you are reading this from your couch or your cubicle or wherever you are, I am either on my way to or at work.  We won’t have students until the 13th, but the next week and a half will be some of the most strenuous days of the year for me mentally.

A lot of people think that teachers can just do the same thing every year, so once you’ve done it a few times there isn’t that much to do to get ready for a new school year.  Maybe it will be different in a few years, but that’s not the case for me.  I’m going into my fourth year and every year so far at least half of what I do is completely new.  This year I have a class I’ve never taught before to plan and a lot of mistakes I made last year to correct.  I have new systems and procedures that I want to create and implement.  And in a couple of weeks, I’ll have brand new human beings in my classroom, which will require me to make unforeseen changes.

So I will spend the next week and a half not only bonding with new and old staff members and sitting in professional development sessions, but also examining standards, breaking them down into objectives, writing final exams (we give the same test at the beginning and end of the year for data purposes), examining and choosing texts, and creating unit plans.

I’m pretty sure I’ll regret all the time I spent watching the Olympics and Doctor Who at some point in the next week and a half, but I know the rest was much-needed.  Last year was really hard and this is probably the least excited I’ve ever been for the beginning of a new year, but I know that once I’m back in my classroom with my students that I’ll remember just how much I love this job.

At least I hope so, because if I don’t I’ll have to go find something else to do.  And I really don’t want to do something else  :)

*Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn (Creative Commons)

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