July is a time for rest and recovery!
As the school year ends, the teachers in my life talk about needing to take the next week or two to shake off the school year, regroup and ease into summer mode. June can be exhausting for everyone but teachers especially deal with a final push to finish up lesson plans and tests and get report cards out while undertaking major planning for the next school year. And while doing all of the above they are working hard to keep students' heads in the game. You know the June crazies - where most of your students can't self-regulate or organize or follow school routines because they are already in summer mode.
This end of school year was especially tricky as teachers were providing different learning options to students (depending on what part of the country you were living and learning in). I heard many times from different teachers about feeling more tired and "burnt out" than usual for end of June and this was surprising to them. More than one teacher said to me " I shouldn't be as tired as I feel because I was at home providing supplemental learning and I didn't have to organize all the end of school year track/field trips/ceremonies etc,"
This 2019/2020 school year was one of the most challenging school years many of us have experienced. For teachers, for educational assistants, for administrators, for students and for families. It was hard. It was tiring. It was stressful. And we missed out on so many of the day to day moments that fill us up in our work life. Seeing a student finally figure out a new concept, interacting with our colleagues, enjoying the experience of learning new things together and having consistent routines and expectations didn't happen.
So if you aren't feeling a little more exhausted at the end of it, I would be surprised!
Now that the school year is over you may find you need a bit more than a week or two to regroup and feel like your summer time self. I have a few thoughts on how to recover from the year that was and get fueled up for the year that will be!