I will admit August comes and I begin to panic a little. Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching. However, the easy-going, lack of responsibility of the summer holidays is pretty wonderful. This summer, I took an intentional rest from work, I did my best to relax and enjoy time with my family. Every year, with the start of the school year I begin feeling a bit overwhelmed. So today I am focused on starting my journey to September with a new attitude and new intentions. This way I can boldly go into September excited and invigorated instead of anxious and overwhelmed (and hopefully can help my children do the same). Today I start with these five things in mind as I start the transition between summer and school!
- Be Intentional – In my classroom I always let the students know what our intention is for the lesson. I’m trying to do the same in my life. By setting an intention (or intentions) for each day I ensure I’m on task and focused. This reminds an easily side-tracked, multi-tasker like me of what I’m supposed to be doing.
- Be Present – We are a culture of people who struggle with being present. Whether it’s our cell phones or multi-tasking, our ability to be exactly where we are and enjoy the moment has become endangered. So as I set out to prepare for September, and still hold onto the joys of summer, I need to remind myself to be present. Whether I am at work or at play, BE there!
- Be Proactive – If you are like me and juggling the work-home connection life gets a little busier in September. So I am looking to make adjustments and preparations ahead of time that will make my daily life run just a little bit smoother (see some of my favourite preparations here).
- Find Balance – Remembering to balance my time between both work and fun will set a good pattern for the balance I hope to practice more effectively this school year.
- Be Positive – Summers wouldn’t be as sweet if they weren’t juxtaposed against the school year. These next few weeks I am focusing on all the things I LOVE about teaching and routine. I’m looking at ideas and planning for the amazing year ahead. I know that my positive outlook will also help my kids get excited about their school year!