Taking a Break
I know I have many slices waiting inside this brain after attending yesterday’s Teachers College 90th reunion, but I needed a break! So today I decided to get out my sewing machine to stitch a little curtain for a cupboard in my craft / exercise / lake front room.
I sat in my pjs in front of the window overlooking the sunshine on the lake and sewed away. I must point out that I haven't sewed in years, but since learning I would soon become a grandma, I decided I needed to start sewing again. And I have enjoyed it! Stitching various little baby projects in anticipation of the arrival of two grandchildren (first one due any day now!) has been fun.
As I was sewing, I realized how much I enjoyed the break. Quick projects such as these that make my new home look nice, has been so rewarding. For a few hours, my mind wasn't focused on the school to do list, but rather on my project, the sunshine, and my craftiness!
Yes, I have a load of school work awaiting me: a lab site model lesson to prepare, a strategy group idea that needs to be fleshed out, and preparations for a family math night... I could go on and on, but I needed an escape from school for a while. And my little craft project was just the thing I needed.
A career in education is extremely draining and demanding with burn out an easy reality. I know I can get trapped into the cycle of all work. So for me, taking these little time outs to be or to do is necessary. They recharge my batteries and remind me that I do have a life other than work!
What do you do to take a break from your to do list and the demands of your teaching career?