While I run the risk of getting berated for
Going back to work after a summer off is not for the faint of heart.
Imagine that you are going to run a marathon. Most people put in months and months of training to build up to that big race.
Going back to teaching after a summer off is like running that marathon without training.
I'm not joking.
I'm perpetually exhausted.
You're going from 0 to 60 in seconds, and it's a hard readjustment.
*Set an alarm
*Get out of bed without lazing for an hour or so
*Pack a lunch
*Wear real clothes
*Put on makeup, do hair, and generally attempt to look presentable
*Be on my feet for most of my day
*Talk almost all day long
*Know the date, time, and day of the week
And on top of that, there's all of the daily home chores that still need to be done.
I also always forget that it takes FOREVER to accomplish tasks at the beginning of the school year. Lessons take twice as long to present and for students to DO because I forget that my expectations and processes need to be explained before each new task. And if I'm trying something new (which I almost always am), we're ALL figuring it out together.
I've made a mental note to stop having my first two weeks of plans done. I had to rewrite last week's plans anyway.
But alas, there's nothing that I can do to stop time and keep my summer suspended indefinitely. So we'll just keep chipping away at the days on the calendar instead.