In preparation for the changes ahead, I've had to rethink my entire summer planning process. It typically goes like this:
- Close the door to my classroom on the last teacher day.
- Drive away and forget about school.
- Enjoy traveling to the beach and relaxing with my family.
- Begin thinking about work the week before I have to go back.
|Ahh, relaxing, yes?|
- Spend days organizing materials for the teacher who will take my place in 5th grade.
- Sit through 6th grade PD with puzzled, exhausted look on my face. Cry, then follow with necessary Happy Hour.
- Pack all of my personal books and materials.
- Move stuff into new classroom.
- Meet with a 6th grade colleague (Thanks, Peg!) to get my head around all of the things I didn't process during #2.
- Spend hours on Pinterest looking at and pinning 6th grade/middle school "stuff".
- Travel to beach house.
- Continue to read, make lists and obsess about school.
- Dream about school.
- Dream that all of my teeth fall out. (Apparently this represents feeling a loss of control? Yup.)
- Repeat #'s 6-8. Also see Happy Hour in #2.
You get the idea. At some point I will post about my new room, curricular stuff, and so on. Despite my anxiety, I'm excited about so many aspects of this move, not the least of which is my ability to rationalize why I read YA books more than any other genre.
For now, can any of you 6th grade teachers out there share words of wisdom and encouragement? What do you love about teaching tweens? What's your favorite read aloud? What's your #1 organizational life-saver? I'd love to hear from you!