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Elementary Teacher Resources, Issue #038 - Reflections on Summer – A Teacher’s Perspective
August 16, 2009

Reflections on Summer
A Teacher’s Perspective

Well, I go back to work tomorrow.

I’m not really ready – but are you ever ready to face 20 new kids that haven’t had a routine for two months?

I truly relaxed this break. I decided that life is too short to run around like a maniac when you could enjoy a book, dig in a garden or spend time with loved ones.

While I was doing some serious “Me” time – I started thinking about school, kids and life.

I came to some conclusions…

You may not realize it,
but you leave footprints everyday.

  • No matter how hard you work as a teacher – you will never feel it is good enough.

    So, we all need to stop beating up on ourselves and celebrate the miracles we perform every day with our babes.

  • Gardening isn’t all that different from teaching. The plants you spend more time weeding, watering and talking to flourish. Likewise, if you neglect even the strongest plant – it will eventually wither and die.

    Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and get your feet dirty.

  • When picking summer reading books for yourself – do so with wild abandon.

    I discovered tons of new authors this year when I just randomly picked up books from the used book store. Sometimes as teachers we get stuck in a rut and need to break free!

  • Remember that even though summer seems short – the school years seem shorter each year too. Time really does fly, so take time to stop and smell the roses.
  • And… when the time does come for you to have to pull out your “teacher clothes” and get back into the classroom, do so with a smile. If you go back with a positive spirit it will help the whole year.

It’s time for me to get into the classroom, assess the mess I left behind in the cabinets, and set up my centers and other "stuff".

I feel that taking a little extra time to stop, breathe, and reflect on why I became a teacher really helps the transition from beach bum to professional go smoothly.

I would love to hear your teaching reflections, so please share them with everyone here.

Check out my podcasts on my podcast blog. They are fun and helpful!

I hope that you have enjoyed this newsletter. Please feel free to email it to friends and family who are teachers or homeschool moms!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

See you next month!

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