It is such a relief to be done for two whole months!
This school year was stressful. It was my first year teaching with Howard County, so I had to figure out a new curriculum and all of the ways the new school works (each school system has a different way of doing things). I also had a room that was next to the school computer lab, which was convenient but also presented some unique challenges. Our school was designed with open spaces and retractable walls which aren’t exactly soundproof, so several months of the year when they conduct testing in the lab I had to vacate my room and teach from a mobile cart. It’s rougher than it sounds; when you can’t count on a classroom and have to make constant last minute changes and signs to direct your students, it eventually wears on you. Good thing I’m flexible!
Last summer was my first summer off. Previously I taught summer school, which takes at least a month out of the summer and is usually right in the middle of the break. Last summer we had our condo on the market so we had to keep the place immaculate, which doesn’t lend itself to much relaxation. When it finally went under contract, we had to continue keeping it clean in case something fell through while also packing up. In the last few weeks of summer, we moved in with Mom, but then I had to look for a new job. Basically, last summer was very busy.
This summer is different. After a new roof derailed our vacation plans, I recently realized I have NO plans this summer! I will soon start up a summer calandar, so I can keep track of playdates and programs at the library. We also plan to spend a lot of time at pool. It’s going to be a great summer!