Seriously, how did this happen?
It's August and I'm trying to cope, while I link up with Farley for Currently.
Oh, summer - I love you. Hearing my kid laugh, staying up late to watch someone build Tiny Houses, having an empty schedule...oh, I love summer!
I'm leaving tomorrow for Teacher's College in New York to attend the Summer Writing Institute. I'm excited to learn as much as I can to share with the teachers in our district. I'm also freaked out that my suitcase might burst open on the scale at the airport.
I took 2 grad classes this summer. I'm working on a educational leadership certification. Both of the classes were jam packed with interesting learning and encouraged me to reflect on some improvements I could make personally as a leader and that the district could make in general. However, cramming what is usually a semester long 600 level class into 6 weeks is no joke. My brain is not feeling refreshed. It's feeling kind of full. Let me just tell you the major victory related to this summer of intense learning is that I did not drink Diet Mt. Dew once. In fact, I have not had a drop since January 1. Go me!
I don't really want to learn to mediate, but I keep reading about how good it is for busy people to meditate. If someone could just hit the off switch on my hamster wheel brain, then I could get started. Focus on my breathing...I read that in a brain research journal this morning. I haven't tried it yet.
This will be the first time in 17 years that I have not "set up a classroom" in August. I thought I would feel kind of "free" from the mountain of laminating and open house packets. But, my random act of back to school kindness this year is going to be to offer my "Slide on the Side Laminating" services to a few of my teacher friends. Truth be told...I love cutting out laminating. I also love to write on name tags. My SOTSL business will be opening at the end of August and I can't wait to surprise a few of my best teacher pals!
Check out what everyone else is CURRENTLY doing on Farley's blog!