My school age students (k-12) are visibly relaxing this week- are yours? June always reminds me of the importance we place on ritual: tests, final projects, exams, reports and ceremonies. One of my rituals is to get out a stack of movies that are set in a school, and just indulge in a few, and remind myself how Hollywood simultaneously manages to glamorize the teaching profession while bashing administrators and capturing the essence of why so many of us do teach- ’cause the students are great! The students are great even when getting into trouble, talking back, periodically dropping out, and behaving nastily towards each other.
This past year I have been both administrator and teacher, and the two hats require quite a bit of juggling. As I prepare for summer students I find myself wondering why I so enjoy teaching through the summer- the pleasant weather? the students appearing less pressured? the knowledge I have that, with longer days, students will get it all done within the shorter time frame? Yes and one more- the fact that the preparation will have its effect long-term, and that as each student grows toward his/her “eureka” moment, the maturing, which inevitably takes place over the summer weeks, will also result in a better use of time over the upcoming fall/winter-school year.
Hope everyone manages a little bit of romance, a little bit of change, a whole lot of learning, and the chance to grow, like the flowers and the grass and trees, upwards …
Best wishes as always-