Five "R" Things to Do This Summer.... Recover, Rejuvenate, Reflect, Renew, Rejoice...

Hello Friends,

I am one of the lucky ones who have been out of school for a couple of weeks now.  For those of you who are still in school, hang in there; the end is in sight and then you will be able to finally take that long breath and relax!

I thought I would join Kacey in Five For Friday, but instead of listing 5 random things about my week, I would share 5 things that I think all teachers should do over the summer.....

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This is something we ALL have to do.... The end of the school year is CRAZY! End of year reports, assessments, grade level meetings, packing, purging, and on top of all this, we continue to teach... So energy draining..... It is with a sigh of relief (and sometimes tears) that we close the doors of our classroom and walk away. It takes me a few days to recover and decompress from the busy last days of school. I want you to know that it is OKAY to sleep late (if you can) and spend the afternoon reading,  binge movie watching, or sitting by the pool/beach. Give yourself this time to recover for a few days and NO guilt... it's okay.... Take deep breaths and enjoy....

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When I am in the midst of school, that is exactly what my life is - school. Most of the free time that I have in the evenings and weekends is spent on school activities. I am writing/revising lesson plans, creating book packets, researching new ways to reach those students that need a different plan for learning, printing, copying..... and although as a kindergarten teacher, I do not bring papers home to grade, many of you do. Besides keeping up with my school duties, my FIRST commitment is to my family, so AFTER the time I spend with my family, my free time is once again filled with things that need to be done for the following school day. Don't get me wrong.... I LOVE everything that I do and it is my choice to do what I do. BUT, because of my choices, many things that are on my "to do" list are pushed to the bottom during the school year. When the last day of school is over and I have RECOVERED for a few days, it is now time for me to rejuvenate. Rejuvenating to me means to CLEANSE..... I clean out closets. I purge and take clothes and things to Goodwill. I organize my kitchen cabinets..... I READ and READ and READ. I do not get enough time in the school year to just take the time to curl up with a good book......This is the time to do something for yourself... like get a pedicure.... ahh... REJUVENATE, my friends... unwind.........


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One of the many wonderful things about teaching is that we are given the opportunity to REFLECT each year on the previous year; keeping things that worked and making changes to things that did not. In my school, we are required to fill out a personal goal sheet at the beginning of the year. At the end of the year, we are then required to reflect upon our goal statement; writing what worked and what did not. Even though, I will often grumble about "one more thing" to add to my list, I actually am glad to have this opportunity to reflect upon the year. This year, my goal was to create math tubs and hands-on learning for my kiddos while at the same time implementing our Go Math curriculum..... hmmm.... some things worked and some things did not.... I plan to take this time to REFLECT upon what I will keep and what I will delete.

I also take this time to re-think my classroom set-up. My biggest hurdle in my classroom is my HUGE classroom library. I have SIX of these black shelves FULL of books.  I love giving my students the opportunity to read and check out books from the classroom, but it takes up soooo much space. I plan to REFLECT on how I can retain the easy accessibility for my students while at the same time taking up less space.


I also want to create more of these type of spaces, so eliminating some of the space that the library takes up will open more space for these special learning spots....



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This is a big one for me...... Besides reflecting on the previous year, I spend time in the summer renewing and revising; both in my classroom and in my home. If you are regular reader of my blog, you know that I LOVE my flowers. I can spend hours and hours in my garden. My spirit and mind is RENEWED each year as I wake up my beauties and say "hello."


This is also a great time to RENEW my brain and read a professional book or two. During the school year, I have little time to read professionally and if I DO read a professional article or two, it is done quickly with little time for reflection. This year, I plan to read a couple of books that I have already read. Now that I have had the chance to implement these ideas in my class, I am going to RENEW the way I do things when I return to school in August.  I also am taking a class entitled "The Next Generation Science Standards" and this will certainly RENEW my brain with new thoughts and strategies for teaching science...

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Finally.... REJOICE! I am blessed to have been given the talent to be a teacher. I am blessed to be able to share my faith with my little ones. I am blessed to have my health. I am blessed to be the wife and Mom of some pretty great people. I am blessed to have some amazing friends and colleagues. I am blessed to have this opportunity to recover, rejuvenate, reflect, renew, and REJOICE in all I have been given.


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Until next time...

Blessings,