We Teachers Have a Sickness…
…I believe it’s called Can’t Sit the Hell Down and Relax Disease. Or maybe Restless Leg Syndrome. Or possibly we just need to start a group called Over-Producers Anonymous. O.P.A. forever!
Whatever you want to call it, it’s definitely a sickness.
Granted the rest of the world prefers to imagine us kicking up our heels in order to better shovel bon bons into our face. (If you have ever uttered something related to, “Teachers have soooo much vacation time! How can they possibly be tired?” please stop reading right now and go punch yourself in the face. For me.) I choose to think it is because said individuals are not strong enough to admit what they don’t understand and therefore find it more comfortable to hide their ignorance in unwarranted and completely bullshit commentary.
However, those of us on the inside know that teachers too often look at “vacation” as an opportunity to get SO. MUCH. SHIT. DONE. Wheeeeeee!
Like the rest of you, I have a few days out of schools. Days I believe are intended to be used for myself, for time with my family, for sleeping in, for rejuvenation. Yet I, like the rest of you, seem to have chosen to use this time to clean out closets, write more lesson plans than humanly possibly, read several professional books, catch up on my education blog reading and, you know, save the rainforests. Or whatever. (And that’s before Thursday. Watch out weekend!)
It is in these moments that I begin to think there has to be some sort of middle ground. Where we find the time to relax and take a breath from our oh-so-demanding craft while also feeling as if we can go back to work ahead of the game and prepared for the balls-out-all-hands-on-deck push that is January.
And the quest for balance continues…