March Madness... That about sums it up. I have been working in education for many years now, almost 15. In this time I feel like my job has got bigger and bigger (class sizes, requirements, request). I know I'm putting some of this on myself. I want to do the assessments that are requested. I want to make amazing projects. I want to create choice in my room... I want, I want. But at what cost... and for what purpose.
So like most of us, I am a great parents, a loving wife, a good teacher, a caring friend, a listener, leader, follower. I go to the gym and eat my salads. I have people who support me and love me. My husband is a rock star. I'm a lucky person. A very lucky person... so why can't I get my Sh@# together?
Today I lost it. I had a break down in a staff meeting. See, I must not be the only one because our staff meetings are all about 'finding balance' and 'relieving stress'. My guess is a lot of us teachers are starting to loose it and my thoughtful, and intuitive principal is trying to do something about it. She is trying to give us the tools to manage because it is above her to lower our class sized and reduce the pressure of test scores.
This meeting reminded me of my husband and my New Years Resolution. GOAL or SOUL. Is it for a goal in our life? Will it fill our soul? If not, there is no room for it. I went down to my room and made some changes right away. I emailed the National Board of Certified Teachers and told them I cannot participate in a recent acceptance of the National Board's Teaching Practice and Learning Environment (Component 3) field test. I saw this amazing post of Facebook by Meghan Catherine...
I mean that is so cool!! I had to do it. So I have been working on the sign and images the past couple of days and it's already March 5th and I don't have it up, and I have conferences coming up and I have the National Conference coming up and... Breath... and... (slowing down)... and I have March Madness all ready for next year when I will display this wonderful idea at the end of Feb. 2016.
So yah, I freak out. I have meltdowns. There are lot's of things in everyone's lives that cause stress. I know and understand that. I have never shared my temper tantrums on my blog but I think it's important to understand life is lovely, and I have a wonderful life, and I appreciate everything I have and the people around me... but balance is something that we need to remind ourselves to do. I trip, I fall, I cry... and I get back up again.
What do you do to find balance? Do you have a pattern like me? Tips and tricks please...