All Good Things Come to an End

Last week was my first week back at school.  Boooooooo!!!!!!  Hisssssssssss!!!!!  Students don’t come back to school until August 18, but we had to go back early for a two week training and then our regular pre-planning the week of August 11.  It’s just no fair, I tell you!

I spent all last week teaching other teachers about digital technology in the classroom.  My master’s degree was in Educational Leadership and my focus area was in technology in education, so digital curriculum is a passion of mine.  I’ve been lucky to be at a school that is part of a digital pilot program in our county, so all of my students each have their own iPad.  It has made teaching so very different, and I really love helping other teachers find their niche for technology in their classrooms, too.

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But teaching teachers is a lot more intense than teaching middle schoolers.  For one thing, these are my peers, so there is a level of pressure with this kind of teaching that I don’t normally have in my classroom.  It has also been more demanding to lead this training because I have been out of the habit of teaching all summer.  Teaching requires stamina.  It takes a lot of energy to get through an entire day of growing minds, and when you’ve been out of the classroom for any significant length of time, you have to build that stamina back up.  Which meant that by 3:00 every day last week, my mind was fried and I could barely form simple sentences.  I was a wreck.

Thank goodness my mother-in-law, Jackie, came to town to stay with the kids while I was at school.  She took care of all of us, actually.  She cooked and cleaned and did my laundry and dishes.  It was a huge help to have her here.  Not only did the kids love spending time with her, but it allowed me to focus 100% on what was going on at school and on my blog.

I know I didn’t blog last week, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t working!  I had an awesome opportunity to drive around a Chevrolet Traverse last week and record my experience in video and pictures.  I’ll be sharing about that adventure in a two-part video post soon.  I can’t wait to show you what kind of adventures we had!

With the start of another school year, it is the end of another summer.  This one was significantly shorter for me because of all the trainings I had to attend and then lead myself, but the kids and I still packed in all the joy and excitement we could!  I find myself sitting at school, daydreaming about our trips to the beach or lazy afternoons in our pool.  We still have more summer left to celebrate, and you can bet our weekends are going to be squeezed until the last drop of summertime falls.  But there’s just sometime about going back to school that sort of seals the summertime away.

So for now, I’m soaking up the sunshine that is left while I plan for the upcoming school year.  I’m living in the lovely in between of summer and fall right now.  That place where summer is still on your skin, but fall is all around you in the school supplies, back-to-school paperwork, and shopping for new shoes.  I’m sorry to see summer go, but I’m ready to welcome fall.

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5 thoughts on “All Good Things Come to an End

  1. jamie

    i love the fall and back-to-school hoopla. but i’m not ready. don’t even wanna think {or talk} about it. september 2nd is our first day. i absolutely love and envy the overwhelming amount of family support from your parents.

  2. That’s it. I have to leave Florida now. Your line – where summer is still on your skin but fall is all around you made me miss living in a place with 4 seasons SO BAD!!!!! Other than that… I’m totally with you.

  3. I have been completely ignoring the calendar all summer, and I just looked at it today and now I’m depressed. I report back to school in three weeks (in Michigan, schools start the day after Labor Day). I LOOOVE teaching, but I so enjoy my summers with my boys. But, like most teachers, I’m slightly obsessed with school supplies, so I’m anxious to do my shopping and fill up my classroom with brand new goodies. There is something refreshing about a new school year.

  4. Leah

    I changed our 2 month calendar over to include September and have such mixed emotions. It’s first year of preschool here for my oldest and we’re dreading the cold that comes in northern IL. I’m squeezing all I can out of summer right now too. If you have time for a quick beach post we’re going to SC over Labor Day and it’s been 2 years since we’ve been. Never with a 2 & 3 year old. I’m excited and a bit nervous about what to pack.

    Enjoy your days. I’m thinking of all the teachers gearing up!

  5. jenn

    I’m going back to school for my teaching credential. Do you have any tips for starting down the teaching path?

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