I know it’s just the end of July, and for many of you that means the middle of summer, but not for me and my colleagues. Tomorrow we head back to school to get ready for our students, who start the following week. Every year I feel like it’s just too early, but maybe that’s because I grew up where school starts after Labor Day, you know, in September!
Oh sure, we get out in May so we have the whole month of June and most of July off, but c’mon, it’s still summer. Roast-y, toast-y, blistering hot Summer. My pool is 92 degrees, and that’s without a heater. The pavement is too hot to walk on, so the dog is cooped up inside, but she doesn’t mind. It’s too hot for her taste too.
But I digress. Yes, I chose to live here, and I do love it, even though I just replaced my car battery yesterday. Again. They don’t last long here.
But school? In this heat?
It means heat advisory days with indoor recess, which makes everyone a little cranky. Not a great way to start the year.
Oh well, it’s coming whether I’m ready or not, and really, I’m just about ready. I’ve seen my class list, I’ve moved around all my furniture, I’ve even spent a few hours leveling my classroom library (don’t worry, that’s just teacher talk).
I’m looking forward to meeting my new students and their families, working with my colleagues, and, yes, getting a paycheck again. I’m not looking forward to waking up early, feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day, and hoarding my precious free time. You take the bad with the good, though, right?
So for all you teachers heading back to school, make those last days count, they slip away too quickly.
July 30, 2017 at 6:26 pm
July 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm
I’m afraid so.
August 1, 2017 at 10:15 am
I’m sorry too… not because I’m returning to school as a teacher (I’m not) but because the return of teachers and students to the classroom means the return of teachers and students (and vacationing families) to the roads. Heavy traffic. Jerk drivers. Longer commutes. When I taught, I felt as you do — the too abrupt end of summer when everyone else still thought it was time for vacation. And that crazy bit of excitement and anticipation for a wonderful, best ever year of teaching. I wish you that parting thought! 🙂
August 2, 2017 at 7:29 pm
Thanks so much. Tomorrow is meet the teacher and the classroom is nearly done. Exciting times, for sure.