Good morning Everyone!
This week, in my town, teachers, students, parents and bus drivers are all participating in a count down. The key number today is four.
The students are gleeful about it but oblivious to the idea that the rest of us may be excited too. When the doors are closed and no students around, the teachers are dancing jigs over it. Parents can feel a level of stress lifting off of their shoulders as the date approaches, while the bus drivers can’t help but look forward to the chance to sleep in just a little.
I am referring, of course, to the last day of school. While many schools up north and in other parts of the country will continue through most of June, down here in Alabama, most school systems stop the year around Memorial Day. Our system is no exception. The last day of school is Thursday, and I think everybody is more than ready for it. I know Kayla is looking forward to it, and I am excited about the reprieve I’ll receive from being the homework and grade policeman.
What I didn’t realize until I was a teacher for about three years, many years ago, was how much the teachers look forward to the summer break, too. All during the last week, the expectations build until the day the students are released. The work days afterward to tidy everything up until next year are anti-climactic; the true start of summer for teachers is the last day the students are there. I always said that the best part of teaching was the students, and the worst part of teaching was the students. I can only imagine how much truer that saying is now, over twenty years later!
So here’s to a smooth last week of school, and a happy, restful summer! We’ll leave the wishes for next year on hold until the school year starts again in August.
Have a great day everyone!