The decision is made and the die has been cast. For a short while longer I will have a foot in two worlds – the one I will be leaving and the one that I am going into.
I do know that the last day of school for students, is traditionally my final student appreciation day of the year and I imagine that I will do Hillman’s doughnuts, that after-all is part of the tradition. I have a feeling that it will be a good day and I will say my final goodbyes to most of them. I don’t live in the community where I teach, so for many of these students I will probably never see them again after Thursday.
I usually try to keep a regular schedule up to the last day of classes, this year instead of beating my head against the wall that the students have put up, I plan to enjoy the last week I am a teacher at Lawrence Junior High School and have some fun, while still keeping some semblance of academics.
- Looking at what supplies need to be replaced
- SSR Books that need to be replaced
- Reflecting back on what did and didn’t work in the classroom to determine things I can do differently or if there are areas I need training or to read up on to improve.
- Thinking which parents I should contact before I leave for the summer
- Finish packing the room up so that books and supplies that are left do not go missing
- Putting together my summer reading list
- Figuring out the rough outline of what the class syllabus is going to be based on the curriculum, so I can start preparing lesson plans ahead of time or the lesson plans that I want to re-use/improve
- Confirming my summer training activities where I am the learner or presenter
- Make sure that my Special Ed files are up to snuff, so I don’t have surprises when coming back from summer break
It will be good to be able to focus more on things that are important to me, not my employer. I look forward to improving family relationships, getting the things that I need to do around the house done, getting back in shape, learning new skills that I didn’t have time for in the past and all the while not being pressured by the calendar or the clock after next week.
That is the biggest difference that I am looking forward to in this transition – moving beyond those constraints on our lives that doing the daily grind brings.
While I can think about all the different things that this new phase in my life will bring me, I will be patient and finish out the rest of this year the way I want and go out on a good note.
Some things will just have to wait until the end of the week, when I can put both of my feet in one world.
Until then I still have “A Foot In Two Worlds”.