It may seem rather counter-intuitive to propose that we all make an effort to slow down this month because, of course, it is December.
Assuming you’re reading this the first week or so of the month, take a moment to think about all the events you’re scheduled to attend, the holiday preparations you need to make, and the extra errands you’ll need to run.
Add to that the unique challenges we as teachers face at this time of year: preparing end of semester assessments, grading cumulative projects, having one more administrative observation squeezed in, and the last-minute calls of parents hoping their child can submit makeup work.
Maybe you’re feeling like you’ve got a handle on all of it, which is fantastic. If you’re like me though, thinking about this makes me feel a bit anxious and overwhelmed before even getting started. Truth be told, I know we’ll all get through the run-up to the holidays just fine.
But here’s the thing – I’d rather not just “get through” the weeks leading up to holiday break.