Friday, March 29, 2013
I've Got the Friday of Spring Break Blues
This has been a fairly relaxing and low key spring break. I've done everything I've set out to do, and I've not let myself overplan our days (or evenings). Today the girls and I went to the movies, and now they are coloring eggs, mostly on their own. There has been relatively little bickering between the girls, and we've all had a good amount of fun.
You would think I would be ready to head back into school on Monday, refreshed and ready to tackle the last quarter of the year, that swift downward slope to summer.
Well... I'm not. I'm kind of bummed at the thought of heading back in on Monday. I wonder how much of that has to do with the fact that I'm not going back to a class full of students, eager to talk about what they did over break. Instead, I'll be getting things ready for our spring benchmark assessments in writing and reading and beginning to plan the assessment and intervention calendars for next year.
It's almost as if the decision to leave the classroom and move into the coaching position is only hitting me now. I am beginning to miss those things that I hadn't been missing so far, such as that daily interaction with three groups of kids that are "mine" and who share my class for 80 minutes each day. I miss hearing them bicker and joke and laugh together about the little things that make each learning community unique. I miss introducing them to new books and authors and watching them grow as readers and authors themselves.
I miss knowing I make a difference.