Because I job share, I have Fridays off. Sometimes. I often sub in our building when there’s a last minute opening and our district is understaffed. And often I use the day to curl up with a giant pile of grading to clear it off my plate before the weekend.
But today I am taking the day off. I get to play tennis with old friends and hike with another friend for her birthday. I get to spend time with our 5 month old puppy. I try to be grateful for having a day to breath at the end of each week and I try to be
grateful for those of you who crank it out for 40 full hours each week – and then try to give some time to yourself.
My last child is headed of to college this fall and I am just beginning to see how a person could possibly teach full time. I am a little nervous about too much empty time when there are no soccer games to go to, no dentist and doctor appointments, no piano lessons. But I am pretty sure I will fill that up with my students. I have the ever growing list of ideas I have always wanted to try but just didn’t have time to implement. I’d like to tackle a few big ones.
I think a lot about balance as a teacher. Balance with my own time, balance for my students in their homework, balance in what I teach each day, balance in my expectations. And balance with time. In the past 6 years, I have come to peace with not being able to do everything today, or even tomorrow, or next month. It is okay to wait until fall to start something new. But I still have that list of great ideas ready to implement.
For now though, I am going to take the puppy for a walk before she takes off with another one of our shoes!