Finish Strong

We have 10 days of school left and I gave my students a lecture, that we are going to finish strong! “I’m not slacking on my planning or my teaching and I expect you to work hard until the last day of school”. Its true. I don’t know what it is about me, but I just don’t believe in the “last two weeks of school is a wash” methodology.

I don’t want to babysit, therefore I plan lessons. Engaging lessons that require thought and effort and planning. Some of my best lessons have been taught in the 4th quarter. Some of my students’ best thoughts and moments have been uncovered in “the final hour”. Their work is improving, their brains are expanding, and I know there is still a little untapped potential that they can dig into.

The crazy thing is that this finishing strong drives me insane. If I’m being completely honest, right now I feel like I need a 18 hour nap…and its Thursday. Which means I want to take Friday to do some sleeping and lounging. I have to grocery shop, I have a bathing suit I want to buy, and I really need to get my glasses fixed or replaced. I just don’t have the energy to do any of it.

So, for tonight I’m going to go home. Sleep. Wake up and try to sleep again. At least that is the plan. Last weekend, I went to a staff party, danced for 4 hours at an audition, had dinner with friends, and went to a BBQ, recorded 10 episodes on a podcast, and upgraded my social media presence. I know it sounds like light easy work, but my head is spinning and I realize that I need rest in order to finish strong. I need rest. I need food. I need energy.

Last night I slept from 5-9, woke up and slept from 120-5am. That was 7 hours of sleep, but it didn’t cut it. Tonight has to be different yet it is hard for me to finish this blog post because all I keep thinking about is my bed. I need rest. Its crazy how sleeping does not always equal “rest”. How do I rest? I have a long to do list this week and weekend. I’ve done so much budgeting and planning! I have an observation tomorrow, a field trip next week, a test, comments, grades, another project, and two additional field trips…in yes, 10 days left in the school year!

Wait, if I’m feeling like this – maybe my students are, too. I’ve had this thought several times this school year, because I believe in energy and I believe that I control the climate of my classroom- rain or shine. So, today I will take a little survey. “What is one thing I should know as a teacher for the final 10 days of school”? My students are sweet, so I will tell them to be thoughtful. Sometimes you all talk directly to me, sometimes to one another, often to parents, and probably mostly to yourselves. What is something you haven’t told me yet that I should know as we end the school year. I will keep you posted on the results.

For my sanity, I am going to use these last few moments to clean my desk and prepare for dismissal. With a quickness, I will be heading to the grocery store and then home. I just made a decision in my head. I need food and rest in that order. Apples, Kale, Salad, Eggs, Steak, Peanut Butter (and strawberries, plantains, mint, tomatoes, onions, carrots, greens, banana, watermelon from the market).

I just made a list so that part of my journey is complete. See, its important for me to plan. I am a planner. Have a plan. Stick to it.



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