As I was doing after school yard duty today, a student asked me, “After this do you go home or do you go to Cool School?” (Cool School is our after school program.)
I laughed and told him that I stay after school because I had a lot of work to do. He asked what I had to do. I explained that I had to plan out our lessons and do things like make copies. He looked confused. I explained that no one tells us what to do each day, that teachers had to spend time figuring that all out.
He shook his hear, “Wow! That’s HARSH!”
I laughed thinking of all the things I have coming up this week. There is a colloquium for beginning teachers and their support providers Wednesday, our school’s Family Fun Night on Friday, and a special field trip Saturday I volunteered help to chaperone for kids that won a contest through Khan Academy.
The thing is, even on the longest of weeks, it doesn’t feel harsh. I like my job. I may not love every moment or every meeting. I may be joyfully participating in a count down to summer break. But, really, I’m lucky. I love my job.
While it may feel ‘harsh’ at times, I appreciate that many people and companies take the time to thank us this week.
I have a full wish list. I’ve already treated myself to some cardstock today in preparation for my purchases. 🙂 Everything in my store and in many stores will be on sale Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
I hope you let in all the appreciation headed your way this week. You deserve the praise.