We started work yesterday; yes, on Friday. We were going to have a morning of meeting new staff and then time to work in our classrooms. There was a HUGE construction project all summer that forced us (if you remember) to pack up every single item in our rooms at the end of this past school year. Our Open House is next Thursday and I couldn’t wait to get my room in order. This past week, I emailed my new principal and made sure that I could be in my classroom this weekend. I was told that I could, so I proceeded to call in the troops. I had family members and friends ready to help. I cancelled a trip up to the cabin. I packed my car to the brim with boxes and bulletin board paper.
You get the idea.
This all happened Thursday night- the packing of the car and preparing for the beginning-of-the-year-chaos.
Now, I am very Type A and I know myself so well.
So, I know that I will feel better if I am fully prepared for the next day, week, month, etc. Any time that I can plan ahead, I do.
So, I did. . . . Only to walk into this.
^That is one tiny part of the building that we were actually allowed to walk through. SO SCARY! It hurt to breathe. So, I go to our meeting only to hear that I am NOT allowed into my classroom. At all. Probably until next Wednesday. WEDNESDAY! Open House is THURSDAY!
I am practically hyperventilating and so visibly about to have a full-out panic attack. This is the fault of the contractor, by the way; not my principal. They have not been transparent with her and the district is still forcing us to come in and the Open House is not allowed to be postponed or cancelled. Don’t get me started!
So, we peeked into some classrooms and they had ceilings; they had a mess but pretty much everything installed. So, my coworker and I sneaked through the courtyard to get a look at the kindergarten classrooms.
This is my room.
First of all, those boxes are not mine. No, those are items that still need to be installed. Also, please take note of the lack of ceiling in my room!
It gets worse.
See that pretty carpet?
It was installed on the WRONG SIDE OF THE CLASSROOM.
Yeah, it’s by a sink and drinking fountain. ‘Can’t wait to smell the inevitable mildew.
Not by the morning meeting area. Not by our Promethean Board. Not where circle time is.
We explained the mistake to the contractor, who told us that even though it’s, “an easy fix,” it would cost more money to change it.
There was nothing that I could do.
So, I did the only thing that I knew how to do.
I went to happy hour at 1pm with my coworkers.
As I was there,
drinking my cares away sipping a local brew, a coworker started talking about my blog and products. . . I had no idea that she even knew about this because I am so private about this stuff.
She said that she had my 1st Grade Word of the Week on her tpt wish list. I of course told her that I will always send my products to coworkers for free and that I was totally flattered that she even knew about me or liked my stuff. Then she said something that I haven’t really thought about. . . .
“How do you do it?”
I was like, “Do what?”
She said, “Be a mom, be a great teacher, create products on tpt, blog, facebook, do yoga, make healthy lunches, etc.?”
I quickly said some self-deprecating comment about how I’m a sleep-deprived mess and we moved on.
But last night, I started thinking about how I do do it.
I plan. Not because I’m good at it, but because I know how I feel if I don’t.
If I don’t, then I really am a total, emotional wreck.
Also, I need to do nice things for my family or team. It’s in my nature. If I’m being totally selfish all week (like that’s possible as a teacher), I feel out of balance. So, I try my hardest to squeeze in a million things upfront, to save my sanity later (and give me time to be a mom and create products).
I started thinking about Thursday night before my first day and all the things that I did in the two hours between my son going to bed and me going to bed. I thought about why I did these things and why I do these things during the school year. It’s so simple. If I don’t do the work ahead of time, I feel stressed all week. I feel like I can’t give as much to my students and son. I feel totally out of balance and I want to go into this school year feeling balanced (good luck to me).
So, I’m going to show you things that I plan and do all the time, just to keep my sanity.
How I do it:
1. I don’t always do this, but I did this Thursday night. The idea is that I need to do something nice for others each week. 🙂
I made white chocolate, chocolate chip, cashew-covered pretzels for the staff at my school.
6. I print everything that I need two weeks in advance. I’m not perfect at this, but pretty darn close!