August is filled with the bittersweet finale of summer vacay and the anxious anticipation of the coming school year dancing a tango in my head. Although summer is hardly the break some feel it is, summer allows me to slow down, focus and invest in my professional growth in my own venues, PLNs, and times.
When August arrives the tempo of summer changes. One can easily grow nervous & overwhelmed just walking into a store and spying the school supply aisle. What do I need to get? What will best work for my students or the teachers I coach? How will my room look through my students’ vantage point? All the hopes, dreams, and excitement of prepping for the kids’ return is a wild, untamed energy that keeps educators tossing and turning in their beds at night and phones dinging with text alerts sharing the latest and greatest dollar section treasures with colleagues.
I wish we could collect this energy, bottle it up, like a child collects fireflies in mason jars riddled with air holes. Like the energy of these returning to school educators, these mason jars are a work of art! Nature’s beauty contained for wonderment of youth and then released in one grand luminescent explosion of escaping exoskeletons. Wouldn’t it be grand if we could collect educator enthusiasm in the same way and release it in the gloomy months of late winter when the energy train is hard to recharge?!
As I am writing this, I know my energy is high! I’m bursting at the seams with new ideas, new treasures to decorate my workspace, and new students and teachers to work with this year! I want this euphoria to last. I want to bottle it and slowly release it throughout the course of the year with a directive to pour liberally as needed to replenish depleted energy levels.
However, I know I can’t. It’s just not possible. So I will slam into a new school year with enthusiasm exploding out and make a pledge to find ways to care for myself to keep my energies moving forward, because when I care for myself, when educators self care, they are putting their best selves forward for their students. Remember to be kind and give back to yourselves this year. In return you will not find yourself in a scene “straight out of a Gary Paulsen novel” by year’s end. As educators, we are survivors, but we don’t have to look like we survived a shipwreck come May. Here’s wishing all of my readers a blessed rest of summer and many energy inducing moments along the school year!