Stop me if you have heard this one before: "Teaching must be great, you only work 6 hours a day and you get the summers off!" If you are a teacher, you laugh at this one whenever you hear it because you know how ridiculous it truly is when you dive into it deeper. What teacher is really working only 6 hours a day? How many hours a day are you really working? Are you working once you get home? What about weekends, are you working on the weekend? And come summer, how much time are you really taking off?
Over my 15 years as a teacher, I can't tell you how many hours I have worked after my contracted time at night from home, on weekends, or in the summer. Figure in the time I have spent pursuing my graduate degrees, certifications, attending and presenting at conferences, etc., and it adds up to thousands upon thousands of hours of times attempting to improve learning for my students and improve my skill set. And while I have always viewed summer as a time to focus on self-improvement, this year is much different.
For many, myself included, the last 2-3 months of the school year was very taxing. Working from home remotely was something that nearly nobody had ever done before and the process of figuring out how to provide school to students was very trying. Luckily, I was already familiar with the tools that my school ultimately decided to use for remote learning, but there was so much more to the remote learning and teaching process that was exhausting, such as coordinating schedules for teachers, students, and families, ensuring that devices and Internet were available, and communicating through phone, email, video conference, etc.
|Yes, you can disconnect & recharge! And did you also know that |
you can customize a Bitmoji in the Google Chrome extension?
|Had the opportunity to meet Jim Craig and have him sign|
my copy of We Win! A few months ago at an event in Las
Vegas celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice
|Fishing was slow during the trip, I only landed one small rainbow trout, but|
sunrise over the lake is extremely hard to beat!
After nearly a month of unplugging, I have been starting to get back into the game. I have recorded a handful of episodes of my podcasts, The BeerEDU Podcast & The Podcast by Sons of Technology. I have been working on some modules provided to Pear Deck Coaches as a way to refresh and expand my knowledge on the platform. Since I missed the live presentation, I have started to go back to watch sessions from CUE-NV's CUE'd Up virtual conference that was held in late June. Because I am going to be teaching in a new district/school and do not know what the fall is going to look like, I'm not sure how to prepare other than brushing up on skills and looking at other ways to create lessons in a blended, flipped, or virtual format (I know I am teaching special education, but what I am co-teaching is still up in the air). Either way, I am motivated again to grind after having some time to decompress.
My point was not to tell you about my summer, not explicitly, at least. My goal, if you are still reading this, is to tell you that not only is it okay for you to unplug, but you NEED to unplug. Take care of yourself. Spend time with your family. Get away (safely) if you can and leave your electronics behind, perhaps even go somewhere without cell service or put your phone into airplane mode when you get there. You have my permission to do these things (not that you need MY permission, what you do is YOUR prerogative)! You will be better for it, your family will be better for it, and when we return to whatever school will be in a few weeks, your students, colleagues, and community will be better for it!
Until next time...
great post Brother!ReplyDelete