Slice of Life Tuesday is hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Summer has just begun, but I still hear the echoes of my sixth grade classroom: the voices of my students talking, the bang and clatter of their movement, the cacophony that is passing time in our hallways.
Summer has just begun, but I still awake with a start at 5 a.m. and wonder if I had taken care of the this and that which will make the school day ahead move as smoothly as can be hoped for when one teaches eleven and twelve year olds.
Summer has just begun, but…I am still in school mode.
This evening I emptied my trusty L.L.Bean back pack – out came student notes to me, reminders from me to me, a schedule of the last week of school, copies of student work I need to analyze over the summer, books I plan to read, scraps of paper with information I cannot remember enough to decode, and one very squished up clementine.
Tomorrow I will begin to fill it up again: summer work, summer goals, summer dreams.
What do I wish for? Here’s a slice of my summer list:
*Quiet time to sit on my porch, unpack my school year, reflect, and think.
*Quiet time to read uninterrupted, undisturbed by the “do this, do that” of the school year.
*Quiet time to write, to make many journeys of thought about who I am as a teacher, a parent and spouse, a human being.
*Quiet time to drive along long stretches of upstate New York countryside, with cornfields and cows and mountains as far as the eye can see, and just be in the moment: to savor what the soul needs.
Summer quiet is a lovely thing…I am so looking forward to it.