This is for all the teachers out there who are completely and utterly exhausted from the first weeks of school. In other words, every teacher everywhere.
Do yourself a favor and take some time today for a long walk to enjoy the cooler weather, sit in peace and quiet, read a book, and just try and relax. Forget the school bag full of stuff to do for a few hours and just rest. Never mind that Post-it note, stuck to your plan book that has so many things penciled on it that you can barely read it. Ignore that folder stuffed with ideas that you want to look through. It's not going anywhere.
If you are a teacher, you know that the first weeks of every school year are out-of-control busy. There are conferences and schedules and planning and meetings. There are new faces and names to learn, personalities to figure out, and parents to meet. There is Curriculum Night and new curriculum, observations and testing. A teacher's "to do" list is endless. Every time you check off two things, you add four more.
Don't believe me?? Read my post from this time last year Is It October Yet?
So, it's time. Give yourself permission to just take a few hours to yourself. You deserve it and need it so much at this point. Pat yourself on the back for successfully making it through the first ten days of school and still being able to get up every morning with a smile on your face.
Put yourself in a time out. You'll thank me tomorrow.