Life Lessons

Life Lessons For Teachers

I’m continuing the Katherines Corner takeover today with the lovely and talented Sharon, from Mrs. Hines Class. The title of her blog says it all. Class is in session when you stop by for a visit and she teaches( shares) many things including recipes and diy. Sharon and I have been bloggy friends for a while now and I am grateful she is stepping in while I’m away. All of my lovely guest bloggers have allowed me time to dedicate to our grandchildren while they stay with us and I am grateful!
sharonSharon’s blog really is a virtual classroom where she shares her passion for making a house a home. She’s a Texas gal through and through, and her southern hospitality certainly shows in all she does.

She’s currently working on a laundry room makeover laundry3

and I am looking forward to seeing her big taa daa moment.

Hello, dear ones!  I know  how much Katherine treasures you, so I’m very honored that she asked me to be here with you today.  I want to share a story with you that will hopefully make you laugh and think.
Many of my teacher friends have returned to work for inservice.  And, as they sit in too-small chairs, in a chilly room, going over policies and procedures, I’m at home writing a blog post.
Two years ago, I resigned from teaching.  So, I share the following story as encouragement and a lesson in what not to do, or rather how to avoid my fate.

 

It was the summer of 2008 as I sat and cried all through the church service. Not just tears, but the gasping, heaving, ugly cry.

A dear friend couldn’t help but notice that I was in distress as we were filing out of the pews after the service. She responded, “I’m going to call you this afternoon.”

“O-o-ooo-kaaaay”, I cried.

My cries had stifled to a steady stream of tears as I ate a quick lunch at home and got my family ready to go meet friends for an afternoon pool date.

The phone rang and on the other end of the line, I heard my friend’s voice asking me what was wrong. The ugly cry was back in full force, and not wanting my daughter to hear, nor see me in such a state, I shut myself inside my closet and wailed, “I… have… to go…back to sc-schooool t-t-tomorroooow.”

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While it took some explaining on my part for my friend to understand my distraught state, I bet most teachers reading this understand completely, if not empathize.

We leave behind the lazy days of summer spent relaxing with our families, pursuing hobbies and dreaming of the day we don’t have to work and are swept into the whirlwind that is “Back to School.” Once we walk through those classroom doors, life becomes like a runaway train and we’re left constantly chasing after time. More aptly said, it is like going from 0 to 60 in 1 second.

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So, I want to encourage you, dear teachers, friends, to take care of yourself this school year. You can work until the janitor locks the building every night and still not get it all done. Those hours will lead you to burn-out before you can say ‘Winter Break.’

When you go home at the end of the day, leave school in the classroom. You deserve to come home to a respite, clear your mind and spend time rejuvenating. Not only will you will be better for it, but so will your family and your students.

I know what you’re thinking. There isn’t enough time in your school day to grade papers, prepare lessons, return parent phone calls, attend meetings, enter scores, clean the classroom, help the new teacher, tutor struggling students, complete committee responsibilities, gather teaching materials, and still be able to get home at a reasonable hour, cook a decent meal, help the kids with homework, do a load of laundry……I know.

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If you choose to neglect your personal well-being, if you choose to let the school year dominate your life, you are playing victim to the profession. Don’t be a victim. Victims don’t make good teachers. Victims don’t make good mothers. Victims don’t make good wives. Victims don’t make good colleagues, friends, or neighbors.

After being the victim for so long, one Monday morning last school year, I broke down, snapped, lost my marbles, went off the deep end, whatever you want to call it, and in a zombie-like state of mind, resigned.

So, please, teachers, take care of yourselves this school year. There are plenty of resources for organizing tasks and managing your time. Use them. Decide what your time is worth and buy it back if you need to. Get a cleaning service. Hire a babysitter. Limit social media. Reserve weekends for family. Do what it takes to choose life.

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The friend who called me that afternoon, later ran into another teacher friend of hers at the gym. Guess what? That teacher was teary-eyed and sad over leaving behind the days of summer with her family to start another school year. Ummm, I’m not gonna lie: I was relieved to hear that, “I wasn’t the only one.”

And in sharing this story recently with a young teacher friend of mine, she said, “Oh my gosh, I’m so glad you shared that. I thought I was crazy for being upset about summer coming to an end.” That’s when I knew I needed to share this you all of you.

I’m thinking about you and wishing you a most successful 2013 -2014 school year! My door, and my wine bottle ;), are always open if you need to talk to someone who has been there.

For more musings, DIY, and recipes please visit me at Mrs. Hines’ Class.

Thank you so much for having me!

Until next time,

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Thank you Sharon, for sharing your life experience. We can all learn something from this story.  We do all deserve to take better care of ourselves. I hope we can all try and run forward with our arms open to greet what awaits us.

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Comments

  1. As a former teacher myself, I can so relate and summer vacations ending were always bitter sweet. And you are right, I always felt a bit down at this point. Plus, leaving the work behind and not bringing it home with you is another great and valuable tip. It is hard not to do this, but you are right that it is important to do.

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  3. I’ve heard many of my teacher friends say the same! Taking care of yourself should be a priority though…you are right, your family AND your students will be happier if you are happier! Visiting from the Doing You Well Blog Hop!

  4. Sharon – I used to work in an elementary school and this is so true. Thank you for a transparent post and a great reminder to all of us on any given day to not let our employment become the ruler of our lives. I’m a new follower.
    Sincerely,
    Debbie

  5. The university of life never shuts for vacation, as this is the only university I have ever attended I wonder if anybody knows how to graduate from it because they don’t teach that!
    Great blog and thanks for sharing.
    I work in the freight business and we have had an increase in volume of back to school supplies and clothes so the end of the holidays affects other folks as well as the teachers.
    Oh and as soon as that is over I know we will start the ramp up to the Christmas rush lol.

  6. I’m not a teacher, but I am surrounded by family and friend teachers. They say something similar – it’s like going from a lazy river tube to a too-fast roller coaster. Take good care!

  7. Im not a teacher, but I fully respect what they do.
    I valued my children’s teachers, and admired them for all the hard work that they did.

    You are right, your Family has to come first!
    Sending hugs!

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