Alongside the excitement of starting a new school year, meeting the kids, their families and new colleagues comes the inevitable feeling of exhaustion.
After spending the last six weeks or so relaxing and looking out for no one apart from myself, the business of school seems so physically and emotionally overwhelming. It’s like going back to the gym after a bad flu, you can’t lift as much weight and still end up hurting the next day.
I’m sure I’m not the only teacher who spends the first Friday night after schools parked firmly on the couch too exhausted to do much more than pick up the television remote.
The wise voice inside my head reminds that it is wise to do less and do it well. Set up the routines and not worry about how far you feel you are behind in assessment and setting up routines – they will all come in time.
However as I look at my packed schedule, both for the kids and me, and seem to have taken a giant step in the other direction. The pay-off will be some great learning experiences in the form of field trips and a special documentary screening for the children.
Nevertheless, I find myself needing to be mindful that for the little people in class the start of school is probably just as jarring physical experience as my own.