It's that time of year again when students realize they need to begin their summer assignments as the break is quickly drawing to a close. And, like our students, teachers begin turning their attention back to the classroom as well. In less than a week, teacher workdays begin and while I look forward to seeing my coworkers again, as well as making the acquaintance of new teachers, I cannot help but feel the pressure to prepare for the upcoming year beginning to rear its ugly head. Early morning wake-ups to start working on lessons and organization are the rule of thumb for most teachers at this point. Unlike some people (you know who you are), I have worked a little here and there doing class preparation work throughout the summer, trying my best to get ahead of the curve while still taking some personal "me-time". One thing that made this a little easier on me was having the house all to myself as my wife decided to take a seven week trip to visit her family in Germany. It's been quiet, though I can honestly say I am ready for her to return. And even though I did get a lot done, both personally and professionally, I feel I could have done more. I have a habit of over-pushing myself until I collapse from exhaustion with little-to-no motivation to do anything outside of mentally rejuvenate before I start the vicious cycle all over again. This summer was no different.
So, what exactly did I accomplish this summer? Here's the big list:
I hope your summer has been equally productive (and relaxing) as mine. I look forward to seeing all my returning students and meeting the families of my new students in just a couple of weeks. And, if you are one of those students who is just starting their summer assignments...it's crunch time.
Good luck, enjoy these last two weeks and I will see you all VERY soon!
I am a high school Career & Technical Education (CTE) teacher located in Durham, NC with a focus on game art and design. This blog provides a place for reflection on relevant classroom practices.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent those of my employer or anyone else associated with Durham Public Schools.