Saturday, May 18, 2019

Cue Alice Cooper

Tempers are flaring. Tears are falling. Countdowns are happening. Schedules are changing. Stress is at an all-time high. It must be the end of the year!

The end of the year brings so many emotions to the surface. Honestly, we are all ready for a break. At the beginning of the year, everything is fresh and new. We can't wait to hit the ground running and make a difference in the world. We are full of inspiration and Pinterest ideas. By this time of year, we are in survival mode.

The tension of the end of school is real. All of us are just trying to make the end of the year a good experience for everyone. But sometimes our exhaustion and emotions bubble to the surface and we just can't take it anymore. It happens to the best of us. 

Yesterday we had our annual Field Day. We all had to tweak the schedule a few times to make it work and we all got flustered and frustrated, but the kids were great. I kept reminding myself that the day wasn't about me. It's something that I actually tell myself daily when I'm not being my best self. There were times yesterday that I wasn't my best self, but my students were awesome. One of my most challenging students had one of the best days he's had all year. He was also the reason I got on a scooter and needed three students to help me up, but I digress. 

A school is a really big family. If you don't work in a school, picture this: You've just spent the last nine months in a building with hundreds of your closest family members all day every day. You would do anything for these people. You live and breathe for these people. You fight with them. You cry with them. You love them with all your heart. I love my school family dearly. Now let's go take a nice break so we will still love each other. 

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