Picture this… the Colosseum in Rome, sword in hand, facing a mighty opponent – remote teaching!
Ancient Gladiators had exotic animals and intensely armored opponents ready to fight to the death. The modern-day beasts teachers faced this spring, while less lethal, were still quite intimidating and devastating.
Certainly, I’m not alone when I say this year challenged me in ways I could never have anticipated. Since March, I struggled daily with so many things. While there were great victories, this adventure left me stressed and drained in ways I have never experienced in my 31 years as an educator.
Normally summer begins with me jumping right into my long list of summer reading which is always full of professional books and new books to read with students. My list is always based on my newly revised goals or school initiatives for the upcoming school year.
But that was then… this is now.
This summer you’ll find me reading lots of magazines: People, Family Handyman, or Better Homes and Gardens.
And you’ll find me reading books like:
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
A Year of Positive Thinking: Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage.
These reading choices are my way of healing. None are new titles but all are designed to help me recenter, recuperate and prepare myself for whatever lies ahead.
I hope to get back to my usual reading before we return to school but in the meantime I must allow myself time to heal. Maybe your reading will do the same for you.