I am going into my ninth year of teaching. I still have four weeks of summer left, and I want to enjoy them as much as I can. And yet, all I see all over IG and FB are teachers sharing their finds and getting their classrooms together and even some who have started back this week.
Am I a bad teacher because I don’t want to get ready yet? I want to enjoy my time off. I love looking at everything, but I have not and will not step into a Target yet. My mind is swirling with ideas, I’m looking back through my photo’s of my previous classrooms.
Is there something wrong with me as a teacher if I just don’t have the energy to get up and start creating, buying, or organizing supplies? If I showed you my teacher stuff in the garage you would all cringe, so un-teacher like! Massive mess out there! But still I sit here, thinking and dreaming of my new students, envisioning the layout of my new classroom, but I don’t want to actually do anything yet.
I know, I may miss out on some of the cool Dollar Spot finds, and Dollar Tree teacher hacks, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to leave my vacation yet, even if this week is a staycation.
I start Summer Academy this Friday, at least they are short days for the next two weeks, and that is as close to the end of summer as I want to be! I don’t want to give up the rest of my days!!
I don’t think I’m a bad teacher for being like this. There have to be others out there that feel like me. I want to be like everyone on Social Media who look great, and have their hair done, and makeup on and are out at Target, or in their garage painting away on a garage sale find for the classroom, but reality hits. I’m me, and my hair is up in a bun, no makeup on because no one is going to see me, and my own garage is to much of a mess for me to buy something from someone else and paint it in there!
And yet the teacher in my can’t stop envisioning my new classroom. I may fight going out or doing things for my classroom, but my mind has other plans.
You can take the teacher out of the classroom for summer, but you can’t take the classroom out of the teacher.
I may not be shopping or prepping, but in a way I am. I am designing and creating all in my head, where every great idea begins!
Happy Summer, enjoy your break how ever you choose, shopping, painting, creating, sleeping, traveling. We are all teachers who care about our students, and want the best for them, which means we need to make sure we are well rested as well, in what ever way we need as rest! For me, that’s traveling, hanging out with friends, playing on the computer and scrolling through social media looking for great new ideas, and yes, a few webinars to get ready for the new year.
Enjoy the rest of your summer. School well come no matter what we do!
Leave me a message below and let me know how much summer you have left and how you are spending it.