It may be true that the novelty of 2016-17 wore off long ago—and that everyone is getting a little tired (of the routine, the work….even each other). Fine.
But we’re not finished yet. There’s more to do—not just because the calendar tells us this, but because our care for students demands it.
As we begin the second half of the school year, let’s commit ourselves again to the importance of continual growth. Let’s resolve to fight against those forces that might hinder our progress and keep us from being as effective as possible for our students.
To do this well, we need to acknowledge the barriers that most impact us and work vigilantly to root them out. If you feel stuck in a rut, or are working hard to ensure you don’t get trapped in one, look out for these four pitfalls.
Congrats! You’ve made it to Winter Break and have survived what I’m sure was a crazy home stretch this week. Now, what to do with all the time you’ll have?
Let’s fight the pull toward either end of the spectrum. On one side is completely vegging and disconnecting. On the other is running frantically between parties, last minute shopping sprees, and family obligations. What’s the middle ground? What will help you go back to work in January feeling rested, recharged, and eager to enter the New Year?