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So, fourth period in my day is when I get to sit down for the first time since about 5:30 a.m. (not counting the drive over to school, when I do sit…because I have to). It’s a chance to catch my breath, think about the way my lessons went in the morning, and how I may adjust them for the afternoon. And it’s also the time I set aside for the walk over to the cafeteria to pick up my daily double: two cappuccinos, not particularly good, but immensely satisfying. It is a solitary walk, save for the kids I run into – the high school crowd, clustered around tables, studying, chatting, listening to music. I know them all, and I love checking in here and there – these are “my kids”, after all.
Today, as I balanced my coffees and made my way back to my classroom, I thought back to last year…and the year before. Those coffee breaks were fun. Those coffee breaks were in the company of Rachel, my young colleague – the one I encouraged to move to Denver. As I was walking back to my classroom, I could not help but think: what was I thinking?!!
So, here is what I miss:
- talking about our students – not complaining about how awful they were, but talking about their quirky ways, their unique sixth grade take on life.
- sharing books we are reading/want to read.
- trading ideas about lessons…notes about our experiences at TC.
- problem solving student issues, colleague issues.
In the silence of my classroom, slowly sipping my way through my cappuccinos, I reflected on this new way of being – and missing the days when a coffee break was more than just about the coffee…