If you are feeling at all like me (due to the amazing summer I had), you can best be described as refreshed, energized and motivated to begin another academic year. Excited to see those fresh faces arrive into your classroom regardless of what academic, emotional or socio-economic concerns they have. What occurred over the last two months that has brought me to this healthy status? The answer is BALANCE. Balancing your lifestyle naturally brings your entire self into harmony. Of course there is only one time in a teacher’s year where that time frame is available. So what do we do to keep that balance in place and thus keep ourselves healthy for the remaining twelve months?
The beginning of an academic year is one of the busiest and demanding on teachers as everything from long-range planning, classroom management, parent connections and the endless forms to be collected occur. Thus it is critical that, not only are classroom routines developed early but also that teachers build in or continue on with incorporating routines that bring balance into their lives. Summer months should not and must not be the only time in teachers’ lives where they do the things they love or spend time with the people that are most important to them. Of course this is easier said than done. That does not make it any less important. Keep the balance going as the healthier you are, the healthier your classroom will be.