It always amazes me how fast my summer vacations fly by. In July I make my "to do" list of things I want to get done before the fall season. I start by clearing out my old papers and files. Next, I move on to organizing my units and checking my color coded subject files. Finally, I get to the "fun stuff"; printing, laminating and cutting new materials. Even though I'm not starting a new school year, Japan's school year runs from April - March, I still use this "down" time to reevaluate and prep for the excitement and learning that will soon take place.
This summer started off like every summer but last week I had an "u huh" moment. I was sitting and feeling guilty for binge watching Netflix, "The Good Wife", when I realized that these past few months somewhere between the lesson planning, material prepping and teaching I forgot about "ME". I think as teachers we are so driven to give our students the best classroom, the best lesson , the best school experience that sometimes we forget that all our students need and want is the "BEST" teacher.
The "BEST" teacher is not necessarily the one who holds countless certificates and degrees, but it's the teacher who goes to school with a smile on their face, calmness in their heart and a determination that every child will be seen, heard and loved.
Somewhere between the teaching, meetings, seminars, workshops and training's I forgot to give my students the "BEST ME". My smile was replaced with frowning, the calmness in my heart was replaced with worry and discouragement and my determination for seeing, hearing and loving each student was replaced with busyness, no time and stress.
What happened to the "BEST ME"?
I've decided that these next few weeks of my vacation I will work on......"ME". When I return to school in September, I want to give my students the "Best Me" that they desire and deserve.
Stay turned to see how I do exactly that..............