I doubt I'm alone when I think of the last few weeks of the school year as a marathon to the finish line that is summer vacation. This year, the finish line seemed a little more unattainable and the final day felt just a little less sweet.
I’ve been having that "marathon" feeling all year long. Things have knocked me down, and though I kept getting up, it’s been hard to stay positive and feel that I've done my best. From the trauma and death of a colleague on the first day of school, to the fallout from a nearby school shooting and our new security measures, changes in my immediate administrators, changes in my teaching team, friends leaving the school, student bullying, and the Boston marathon bombing a block from my school, it’s hard not to feel as though there's been an unusually long list of setbacks.
It's been difficult finding a way to reflect and feel positive about the work I’ve done this year without referencing that list as an excuse or a reason why I might not have reached goals I’ve set for myself. As someone naturally prone to pick apart my successes to find ways of improving, I'm trying to resist and be satisfied with a little less this year. Here's my plan:
- focus on things that worked
- set new, tiered goals for next year to ensure to meet more of them
- do as much art as possible
- share more with colleagues and make new friends- don’t be an island
- get excited about ideas, not bogged down in logistics
- focus on feedback from students, rather than administrators
- see and read about as much new art as possible