First, happy *insert your celebrations or lack there of* break.
I’ve been a teacher since 1994 and, like most of the educators who follow this blog, I’ve never felt I needed a break like I do this year. We’ve started 4 days a week, one day virtual at the beginning of the year, and moved to five days full time at the end of October. At one point, we had 17 kids online, almost an entire class, working from home. I’ve not figured out teach both as one, so there’s that hanging over my head.
But it’s more than that. It’s the families taking vacations, coming back as if “it’s no big deal”. It’s the community who believes at worst, this is a Democratic hoax, and at best, this is just a worse case of the flu. It’s the students who look at the adults and refuse to put their masks on. It’s the election that drags on, with pardons for murderers, and our Iowa delagates to Washington DC and Des Moines giving the “the Constituation says Joe Biden was elected”, not common sense says he won by a butt load of votes.
This break, we were told to unplug. I wish I could believe the words “self-care” said by so many. If that were the case, we would be pushing so hard for normal. We’d truly self-care.
So, my plan, read a book about John Lewis and a couple of books I purchased from Scholastic about anti-racism. We need to do the work, not so much of changing minds, but opening minds. If students see what they are doing, then they can change. If they don’t see it, change can’t happen.
My daughters are home, both with electronics. I want to learn how to use red stone in Minecraft, and maybe do some creating. I’ve wanted to start a Minecraft club, but I just don’t see that happened because Covid. We’ll see what happens!
Finally, I hope each of you enjoys your break as best you can. Whether is a church celebrations, a family celebrations, or simply a cup of hot chocolate and book, find that time for you. I’ll check back in before we head to 2021.
And for those of you who are like, “Damn, that’s a lot to unpack. Are you ok,” don’t worry. That’s been building for a while and it’s good to purge. From time to time, I’ve thought about packing up this blog, but how? This gives me that outlet to move some junk out of my system. I’ve got local people reading, so sometimes I probably over share, but really, I’m good. Just not real happy with my life situations and am hoping to relax, just a little bit!
That’s why we teach, right? Easy street? Yeah, whatever!
But, hey, the Hawkeyes won and break is started. That pushes the needle to the positive side!
Always a good thing! 🙂
December 22, 2020 at 11:07 pm
We’ve always had teacher tired by this point but this year it’s a whole new level. We are bordering on being burnt out. We were told to unplug too. It’s really hard to when you know there’s a high probability that what we’re getting a small reprieve from will be coming back full force January 4th without a break in sight at that point. Honestly that thought makes me want to cry. BUT TIME TO BE SEMI POSITIVE! On 12/25 try and let all of this recede to the background and enjoy your Christmas with your family. In a year of upheaval, heartbreak, and anxiety we need a day like Christmas.
Sidenote: what books did you order? Inquiring bookworm minds want to know. 😉
December 23, 2020 at 12:14 am
Darin, this year has brought many emotions to the surface making the classroom a sacred but conflicted spot for those who give it their all. That may have changed to those who give it their all and much more leaving teachers exhausted. While I am not in a classroom, I still feel that what I am doing is hard work-#balancingmanyballs. Your slice is well-written and hits at many thoughts shared by many teachers from many different spots. Being tired is a common theme but through it all, educators rise. Happy Holidays.
December 23, 2020 at 3:18 pm
>Being tired is a common theme but through it all, educators rise.<
We do. I just fear after being asked to rise again and again, some will look else where. But, we just try to do the best we can: for ourselves, our students, our families, and our communities!
Happy Holidays! 🙂
December 26, 2020 at 6:51 pm
I hope you enjoy your break and get a chance to truly rest, if only for a little bit.
December 27, 2020 at 9:32 pm
Thank you! I’m hoping for the same! Enjoy the holidays! 🙂
December 30, 2020 at 6:55 am
Just tying to catch up. It’s taken me all these days to settle in. Lower my expectations and relax. So many important things in these words. First, yes, the writing helps work through so much that’s so difficult to work through right now.
Next this amazing truth We need to do the work, not so much of changing minds, but opening minds. If students see what they are doing, then they can change. If they don’t see it, change can’t happen.
Yep. That’s our most important work. Rest up for the next round.