The summer has been good to me: I got married, tried a Jamocha shake from Arby’s, starting using coupons, moved into our new house, saw Wonder Woman, got to travel around Michigan, learned to make healthy french toast, FaceTimed with my nephew while he held the phone, and also had the best cinnamon roll of my entire life.
This is not a goodbye to summer, because there are weeks, at least for me, that remain until I need to get into “school mode.”
However, the calendar says August and the empty bins of Crayola crayons at Target tell me that I at least need to start inching my way to accepting the upcoming school year.
So this post is the first of many that will start to coax me, and us into accepting and looking forward to the first day. You don’t have to be there now; I’m not. Acceptance is a process.
My goal this year is to be annoyingly positive. If anyone is going to say anything bad about me this year it better be that I smile too much or am too chipper. On that note, I have already decided that Year 6 of teaching is going to be the best school year ever, and these are the reasons why:
Reason 1 : It is not an election year
There are a lot of things I don’t like to do. Unload the dishwasher, go to the dentist, but right up there with them is shutting down a political argument between two 8 year olds.
Granted, I would not say that all is rosy in the political realm; I understand there is a bit of a situation going on, however I am choosing to be positive in saying “at least it’s not an election year.” At least kids aren’t going to be arguing with each other about who will win the election and then chant that candidate’s name outside the recess doors.
It can’t be that bad, right?
Reason 2 : I learned how to make cold brew .
I’m married now and I’m learning the cold, hard truth about budgeting. I recently learned how much it costs to put braces on children’s teeth, so I really should start saving my coffee money.
In the spirit of financial responsibility, I learned how to make my own cold brew at home and it changed everything.
If you are a coffee person, (aka a normal person) play around with a recipe that you are excited about and perfect it for the upcoming school year. If you’re not a coffee person, find something little you can learn/add to your life to make it a little better. A quick overnight oat breakfast recipe or an energy bar granola concoction. I don’t know; I am just saying words. This isn’t a cooking blog.
Reason 3 : Small organizational goals
Yes, this has been a goal every single year, but typically I set the bar way too high for myself. This year I am setting realistic goals for myself. Next summer when I am cleaning out my desk, I am NOT going to find socks, a can of soup, glow sticks and important renewal paperwork in my drawer together. I am going to write an entire post about this soon: ‘The Disorganized Person’s Guide to Organization Goals’ but for now I will keep you in suspense.
If you are already an organized person, try setting another type of small, realistic goal. Like learning to make your own Cold Brew coffee.
Reason 4 : I’m going to bat for Mondays.
Let’s not get into this now because this is also coming in another post, but this year I am determined to change the world’s attitude about Mondays and make us appreciate, celebrate and even look forward to them! If we don’t dread Mondays, that’s basically half the battle right?
When there is SO MUCH negativity everywhere, sometimes all you can do is combat it with positivity. Teaching morale might be down, legislation changing all the time, behavior problems right and left: but I am going to sip on that homemade cold brew and roll with it people!
Tell me a reason it is going to be the best school year ever!