One month from today, I will be greeting my seniors for the 2010-2011 school year. Summers just don't seem to last nearly long enough. The old saying says that three reasons to be a teacher are June, July, and August, but that certainly isn't true now. Not in Alabama anyway. Our last instructional day for the past year was May 27, and the first instructional day for the new year is Aug. 9.
I know that the next month is going to fly by. We are "booked" every weekend until the end of the month. We have a couple's shower/party to go to this weekend for Wes and Brooke. (Wes's mom and John went to school together, and his stepdad and John have been friends forever.) We have our big event...Jessi and Lance's wedding...in just over a week, and then we have our weekend to stay with John's mom. My plans for that last weekend before I have to start to work do not include doing ANYTHING except relaxing at the lake.
Between now and the end of the month, I need to get busy with my plans for the year. I want to revamp some of the material I teach. I did sit down the other night and read a couple of pieces that I haven't read before, and I think I'll add one of them. I was at the school yesterday for a bit, and I looked at my roster. Unless there are changes, I have 103 students first semester. I know I'll have to revamp my research process. I don't see any way I can grade five bib cards and 20 note cards for 103 students in one weekend. It was hard enough to get everything graded with only 75-80 students.
Am I ready to get back to reality? Not quite, but I think it's more because I dread having to get up early. I am ready to see all of my teacher buddies and to see what the year holds.
For now, I'm going to enjoy these last few weeks.
As always, have a GREAT day!