Under our contract, teachers need to work one day before the start of school to set up their classrooms. I can never get my room ready in less than about three days, so it always seems to set me up to begin in tired mode, already overworked. I never considered myself to be an overachiever, but in recent years I have begun to rethink that possibility. I bring a lot of energy to my job, and go home exhausted most days. I need to think about where the energy will go after next June!
But this year, as I pulled out the portfolios of posters and pondered which ones to display for this last time, it occurred to me that I need to remember — I want to remember — the things I think about and process as I ready myself for this huge life change that is just around the corner.
I reorganized the shelves, rearranged the furniture, played my favorite music, and enjoyed the ritual of preparation for the new school year. I never thought of it as a ritual before, but that’s exactly what it is. And it is good. I will be ready when the kids arrive.