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Four weeks to go, but my kids are already in the summer mindset. This Monday morning’s conversation went like this:
“Are we doing anything anymore?”
“Do we have to do anything anymore?”
“Homework? But we’re kinda done already, right?!”
“How come we have another project to do? Aren’t we done already?!”
“Oh, no! I thought I didn’t have to bring anything, ’cause we’re done already?”
All of which make me say: “Really? Who exactly said that we were done already? And, what exactly do you think we should be up to for the next four weeks?”
We are having separate conversations really…because I am having a fit that there are only four weeks to go and I feel as though I have so much left to do, and my kids are done with school and would like nothing more than lazy days ahead with nothing to do.
So, when this Monday morning arrived and I began it like every other Monday (here’s what’s in store for this learning week, here’s what we will accomplish, and here’s the homework plan), I was greeted with stone cold silence. Disbelief. Disappointment. Resignation. And, facing all of that, I began to feel some of the same as well.
Disbelief. Why is it all of a sudden such an imposition to think of continuing with our school week just as we always have?
Disappointment. Why does the thought of continuing with our routines seem almost too much to bear?
Resignation. Whatever happened to all our enthusiasm? Our steadfast sense of purpose? The famous work ethic we’ve cultivated in Room 202?
The short answer? Thoughts and dreams of this:
We looked into each others’ eyes, this Monday morning, and here’s what they seemed to be saying:
“So, okay, we get it. We have stuff to do, and we will give it our best shot…just like we always do. But it’s been a really long school year, and (no offense) we’re tired. So please plan some cool stuff, please remember we’re just kids…and we, like, really need a break.”
And here’s what I was saying back:
“So, okay, I get it. We have stuff to do, and I will give it my best shot…just like I always do. It’s been a really long school year, and (no offense, either) I’m tired, too. I will plan cool stuff, because I remember that you’re just kids…and I, like, really need a break, too.”
Just keeping it real, in Room 202.