When Teachers Know Summer is Over

So, we go back to work August 6th which leaves us about 1 1/2 weeks left of summer.  All teachers know that you really don’t have summers off because you do Professional Development, Trainings, etc… but there comes a mark when you REALLY know that summer is over, and it’s about 2 weeks before it actually ends.

This week, I have been inundated with e-mails of action items to complete before school starts.  I mean, my e-mail is dinging 1-2 times every hour with something new.  And ask me if I’ve done any of those things they want to be completed… NOPE.  Of course not.  I’ll put that mess off until right before school starts and then complain about not having enough time (like everyone else- we know the drill).  Granted, some of these action items don’t unlock until the 6th (they just wanted to give a heads up), but still… I don’t want to know about it. Not until August 6th!

Now, while these little e-mails wear on everyone’s spirit, I’m curious if anyone else has been secretly voluntold for an event before you go back?  Because one of these e-mails I got was a calendar invite for August 2nd in which I’m supposed to speak to the new teachers about ELLs on our campus.  Of course, I’ll be there and present to the new teachers, but what would have been nice would have been a little heads up.  I’m sharing presentation time with Testing, 504, and SpEd, and together we have 40 minutes.  Have you ever tried to explain any of these in roughly 10 minutes?  Because it’s practically impossible.  But, trust, all of use will make it happen because that’s just what we do.

That’s what all teachers do. We’re given ridiculous deadlines and extra responsibilities that are only made better by the fact that we do have scheduled holidays. And, no, that is still not an excuse for our awful pay- most of our time off, we’re planning for when we have school.

So, I now shift from summer mode to school mode… sigh…

Believe it or not, I do love my job, my students, and my coworkers, and I’ll be positively thrilled to see everyone again, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that right now, I’m still wishing time would slow down, and I’d have a little more summer left…

On a more positive note, I did go to a training Monday with our district’s librarians where they recommended the most popular books they and students read last school year.  Granted, these were all for 5th-8th-grade students, but I teach low-level readers, and some of them were actually more appropriate for high school.  I’m in the process of getting together the list I made, and then I’ll post it here for anyone looking for books for their struggling readers.

Random thought- If I had the time and money, I’d go back to school to be a librarian; I’m not really sure why I didn’t do that in the first place… Sometimes I’m not smart…

-The MF


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