Summer vacation officially begins today. When the school year ends, it always feels like a Mack truck putting on its breaks in the middle of the highway.
The pace, decision making and action of a school day is a nonstop, second-to-second, action packed event, and the evenings are spent thinking about, responding to, and planning for the children in your charge.
Teaching is an all-encompassing 24-7 task, yes 24-7 because the work we do infiltrates our dreams and sleep too. Members of a teacher's family play important roles in the teacher's work--they are always adjusting their schedules, listening to stories, offering advice and supporting the teacher's efforts. In a sense, teaching becomes a family pursuit too.
So now it's summer, a time when schedule and priorities shift.
I've outlined my summer study, prep and goals in earlier posts. And before I begin that work, I'll make some time for family, friends, fun and home--important aspects of life that sometimes get neglected during the busy school year schedule.