Guys. I haven’t really been around lately, and I apologize.
At the end of March, my grandmother, who I continue to love with all of my heart, passed away on my birthday. And while I’m coming to terms with that, the rest of the year hit me like a ton of bricks. It was a few days of bereavement leave, and then Easter was here, and then it was May … and, well, you know May. I don’t feel caught up from April yet, and here I am, three days of school left before exams. Whew.
So, as an uplifting rest of this post, I figured I’d contribute my May confessions, if nothing else, to the collective blog world.
- There are three days of school left, and basically, as long as my kids are working quietly, I haven’t been pushing them to get assignments done. I usually start the class with “you have 15 minutes to finish X activity” and then 15 minutes go by … then 20 … then 25 … and if they’re working on the activity and still quiet, I’ve been letting them be. They’re overwhelmed, and so am I.
- Last week I had a lot going on, and I’m pretty certain that I didn’t consume a single vegetable. If I did, it came frozen on a pre-packaged meal and probably wasn’t a real vegetable. Like the frozen pizza purchased on a whim that had metallic-y tasting spinach on it … but that might have been two weeks ago.
- I haven’t done a brain break in my class in awhile, even though I KNOW they need it and I need it. May just brings a rush of so many things that I forget to plan well.
- I’ve been using “it’s May” as an excuse for everything. “I don’t have time to grade this, it’s May!” “Everything is crazy, it’s May!” “I probably won’t make it … it’s May!”
This is fine when I talk to teachers, but when I talk to other adults with non-teaching jobs, they look at me like “why are you reminding me what month it is?” They don’t know the utter chaos that May brings.
- When people ask me about my summer plans, I am no longer ashamed to say “getting paid for watching Hulu on my couch.” You don’t know how I need this break!
- I have a running list of changes for next year, and I’m SO excited for it, even if I do want to take the whole month of June off. I guess this is the teaching curse!
- Since I teach at three middle schools, I’ve been on a rotating schedule of annual DC trips – this means that I don’t have one class while they’re in DC. So I have 4 classes (three days a week) instead of 5. Tuesday was my last day of 5 classes, as my last school left for DC Wednesday. I found myself, Tuesday afternoon, starting to complain about how hard teaching the normal amount of classes is. Come ON, Wendy, it’s your job.
- I, much like Allison, have been planning in the morning before my classes start. I only have one new lesson a day, and I’m pretty fast at creating materials. Plus, after school these days, I feel like a glorified vegetable, and getting off of my couch is kind of a chore.
- Yesterday for a belated staff appreciation week, one of my schools had free neck/shoulder/arm massages. I got finished with mine about three minutes before my class started and we spent the period with the lights off, windows open, and working quietly, even though that wasn’t the plan before my massage. I blame the cocoa butter they used; everything smelled happy like chocolate!
- My 17-18 teaching planner came in the mail this week and I long to fill it with important dates, information, and the like. However, I haven’t updated this year’s planner in weeks …
There you have it. I could continue this list with a TON of confessions, but I probably shouldn’t, for my own safety. I’d love to hear your confessions, too; I love reminding everyone (and being reminded) that we’re all human. Last, I’ll leave you a beautiful picture of my new planner haul!