Category Archives: Back to school

Reduction

My goal for this school year is to keep life as low stress as possible.  I set some goals for myself, so the trick now is sticking to them.  So far, the first week went well.  I stuck to my morning routine of waking up at 5am so I could drink coffee and eat a little something in the peace of the morning (although I have to admit that this was hard to do on Thursday).  We went away for this long Labor Day weekend, so I made sure not to bring any work home so I could really rest and enjoy our trip to Maine.

I have to say, the trip was so restful and relaxing.  We had rented an apartment in Cape Elizabeth, and while we were there, I found myself thinking about how life could be simpler with less clutter and “stuff.”  I could also be happier with less distraction.  With that in mind, I made some decisions about separating my time and school time.  I removed my school email from my personal devices so I can’t mindlessly check them, which at times has been a cause for stress.  Realistically, I have a school issued chromebook that comes back and forth with me, so I should be able to do all my school related communication on that if I need to – this will just force  me to be more thoughtful about when and how I engage in school communication during my time.

Back to school 2017

As August comes to an end, I am in my last week of summer vacation and thinking about going back to school.  As always, summer is, for me, a time of rest and reflection, in part about my experience as a teacher.  The last school year felt overall very stressful for me.  I’m not sure exactly why.  Was it because I was doing too much?  Was it because of things happening in the world around me?  Was I not making enough time for myself?  Maybe it was some combination of all these things.

Every year, I make new school year resolutions, with varying degrees of success.  This year, of course, will be no different, except that I am hoping this is one of those years where I succeed in the things I tell myself I will do.

Here are my plans to ensure a less stressful and happier school year:

  • No committees.  I even made sure I will follow through on this by sending emails indicating that I cannot fulfill these time commitments.
  • Stick to as most 2 after school days per week.
  • Go home on time on the other days.
  • Take at least one hour per week to work on something creative – whether this be writing, drawing, or crafting.  And of course, more than one hour is even better!
  • Read a little at night before bed.
  • Be ok with doing some school work at home if it means I have more time in my house.
  • Keep the weekends as fun time.

We’ll see how successful I am!  I think it will help to remember that I am a better teacher and human when I take care of myself.