One of the most important things that teachers can do in preparation for returning to the classroom in the fall is to ensure that they are fully rested and rejuvenated. There is a group of “uneducated” people who will claim that teachers have an easy job; they get out of work at 3pm everyday, they only work 9 months a year, and their jobs consist of playing with children on a multi-colored carpets. Anyone who either is a teacher or knows one realizes the fallacies that are overflowing with those rationales. True, teaches do not teach the entire twelve months, but those 180 days we spend with our students are filled to the brim with hard work, dedication, late nights grading and planning, organizing, differentiating to meet the multiple needs of our classrooms, and reflecting to make tomorrow a more productive day. I know, I know; I’m preaching to the choir when I write this post, so let’s move on.
A clear and leveled perspective is required for returning to the world of teaching because the changing of the seasons brings on planning and foresight, decision-making, resourcefulness, and creativity. Many teachers are required to create curriculum documents such as annual plans, unit/lesson plans, “Welcome Back” activities in order to get to know their new students, and adapting to new demands such as new administration or colleagues, implementing the Common Core State Standards, or anything else that tends to be rolled out during those vital pre-planning days. There is no easing back into the water; it’s sink or swim from the deep end of the pool!
Considering the necessity of going back to work with the proper mindset, my husband and I decided to take a few days away to ensure that would be the case for the both of us. We decided to had to the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida for a few days.
Panoramic view of the courtyard
Panoramic view from our balcony
Ready to Relax