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When I boarded my flight to San Francisco, I was in a panic…the book I’d been reading (a book about teaching, naturally!) while waiting to board had somehow gone missing. I dug about in my backpack and discovered that I had also somehow managed not to pack the second book (also about teaching) I had intended to read on my journey.
By the time San Francisco came into view, I had watched three silly movies and two interesting documentaries. I was slipping out of teacher mode.
While in San Francisco, I took long walks with my brother, played tennis with my sister in law and niece, lounged by their pool, and enjoyed lovely meals in chic restaurants. In between all of that, I read books about silly people making messes of their lives in hilarious ways…and always in lovely settings: the Hamptons, London, the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I was definitely out of teacher mode.
I left San Francisco with one of these books, and began reading it as the city disappeared from view:
I watched a movie that terrified me and followed that with one that made me laugh out loud (yes, literally).
Then, I opened my planning notebook and began to sketch out my summer learning plans. A much needed teaching break in hand, I can now get back into my real world again, and back into the teacher mode.