During the end of the school year I’m often overcome by a wave of thoughts. It’s as if a million tabs are open in my mind. How did I fare this year compared to the prior? Are my students happy? Are their parents happy? What am I doing personally to grow? Am I ready to for this vacation? Can I afford to take this time off? What am I going to do when I get back? How will I manage my time better? How do I stay innovative? How do I keep my employees happy? It’s heart wrenching at times to walk away from work when it’s so emotionally consuming.
It’s a whirlwind of emotions running through a teacher’s head when the school year ends. I try to improve myself, stay innovative, stay humble and most importantly try to keep my energy levels up with these 3.5 – 13 year olds.
It’s a teapot to boil over near the end of the school year. The break is needed to both benefit myself and my students.
Distance makes the heart grow fonder. I need to miss my work again. I need to miss my students again. I need to step away to get an outside perspective. I need to travel to only bring it all into my classroom. I need to disconnect. And fortunately for me I lost my phone this summer vacation while visiting family in Turkey.
I was able to be thoroughly present while on this trip. I wasn’t checking e-mails and Whatsapp messages. I didn’t feel the need to photograph and post anything. I was there in the present moment and able to really reevaluate my relationship with social media and it’s purpose in my life.
To all the teachers (and parents) out there, turn the devices off and put them away for a while. Give yourself a break from these brilliant tools, look up, cherish these moments and the people in your life.