Do you sense it? That snap in the air? The crackle of electricity shooting around your classroom? There's only one reason for this--school's about to start a new year.
Most teachers never feel quite "ready" for the fall to commence. Too much tweaking (or too little) leads to a lack of satisfaction for me. Every year I field the same queries from friends and acquaintances. "So, are you ready for school?" is the familiar question. Usually I respond with a few mumbled words. This year, however, there's more of an anxiety surrounding this new beginning. Why? Because I'm taking risks, trying new things, and chancing failure. I know, I know, failure isn't bad, yada, yada, yada. Except to overachievers like me.
I want everything to be perfect even though I know in my head it's an impossible feat. Yet after all the years I've taught, if I've learned anything, it's that I need to roll with the punches. Relax. Chill. Everything's going to work out okay.
I have a colleague who never gets riled about anything. He tells us all the time to "Stay calm" because he's a trained social studies teacher. I'm not sure that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, but I do appreciate his chill attitude toward school. If it doesn't work out, no big deal, he'll try something else.
This staff member also says, "All you can do is all you can do." And he's right. It's all any of us can do. So start this school year off following his advice--stay calm. Everything really will be all right...I hope.