HOW MANY DAYS ARE LEFT was a question that greeted me this morning. I blinked four times and tried to figure it out. I know that it is definitely more than 6 because the yearbooks will be delivered in 6 days. The most important issue for me, of course, is making sure the yearbooks get here BEFORE the last day of school. That is pretty crucial. It turns out we are in the lower double-digits — 12 or something like that — without counting weekends.
Today I pulled out a the new reader for my next year’s class. I wanted to start wrapping my brain around next year, even as I finish up this year. One of my reading students saw the book. “Are we getting a new book?” She asked. I explained I was thinking about next year. “So was my homeroom teacher. You guys never stop.” True Story.
I was explaining to someone, AGAIN, that teachers do NOT GET PAID TO DO NOTHING during the summer months. We have a small portion of our paychecks set aside all year long, so that we can have a paycheck in the summer. Our paycheck in the summer consist of money we already earned. On top of which, teachers work in the summer. We will be cleaning, finishing paperwork, and reorganizing after the students have left the building on the last day. And many of us will spend our summers, planning, researching, meeting and attending training sessions. The work doesn’t end.
SPEAKING OF WORK THAT DOESN’T END, all it took was a notification of FREE DELIVERY for Door Dash for me to cave and order dinner. I really try to cook every single night because family dinner is so important. Every now and then, I forget to defrost something, and the temptation to order becomes pretty intense. I had a really late lunch today, too, so I was really NOT motivated to cook. All of which are pretty lame excuses, but there you have it. Also, if you have never, ever had Filipi’s Garlic Knots, I can’t even explain to you how delicious they are.
So, the clock is ticking. It is day 169, and I only have a few more days with me students. Some have their eye on the door knowing that soon it will be summer. For some of these students the impending summer days, fill them with all kinds of restless energy, and for others it fills them with anxiety and nervousness. School is a safe place for tons of kids. They can consistently expect two meals a day, and a steady routine where they are nurtured and responsible only for themselves. This can make those last few days more challenging as students feel unsettled and excited. It takes thought and clarity to keep that learning train going. “You guys are wearing me out, today.” I told my reading class. One of my sweet 4th graders responded, “We are making sure your brain works until the very last day.” I am going to take this as a compliment. Either way, I am going to . . .
Keep moving forward,