Tuesday, June 19, 2018
PTSSD...otherwise known as post-teaching-summer-sofa-disorder
Last fall, when I decided to teach, I thought, "It is going to be great to have summer off!"
Then I taught. For a whole school year.
And now I am realizing,
Even when you are not teaching....because summer is here....
YOU ARE STILL THINKING ABOUT TEACHING.
What in the world?
I am pretty sure this year has actually re-wired my brain.
All of my thought processes are still being filtered through a teacher-y lens.
BING- my eyes are flying open at 6 am of their own accord.
I have been waking up a little scared and breathless,
wondering if I forgot to grade something and nervous that I am actually missing class.
As I lay in bed, with the sun barely peaking through the clouds, I have to talk myself down and say,
"Sue...it's summer. Relax. RELAX!!!!!"
(when you yell at yourself in your brain...it is the opposite of relaxing.)
Even though I want to read great fiction -
I can't stop thinking about the new grammar textbooks that I will have next year.
And the motivational self-help book I ordered.
And the summer reading that next year's class will be reading.
And what kind of theme should I go with for Lit next year?
The real question is....should I start lesson planning now?
Should I start pre-labeling files and sorting vocab worksheets
and reviewing classroom management principles
and reading up on Shakespeare's young adult life in preparation for next spring
when I take the class through Midsummer Night's Dream?
Should I? SHOULD I?
That is what my Grandma Blakeley used to say when things got wild.
I do need some days full of mercy and calming ointments and maybe a spa right about now.
Because a strange juxtaposition has taken place.
While my brain may be on teacher auto-pilot,
hashing out the inner-workings of next year,
my legs have stopped working.
They have gone on strike.
All I can do is lay on the couch
and watch British mysteries and drink seltzer with lime.
And munch on tiny squares of dark chocolate.
My brain is all-in for keeping up the growing and learning and re-org and tight scheduling.
My body? Not so much.
It has given notice.
Post-teaching-summer-sofa-disorder has taken me down.
My limbs are in full rebellion.
The only thing that they will allow me to do is sink deep into
the sofa cushions and snuggle under a throw blanket.
I have decided to go with it.
I'll start lesson planning in July.
For now....if you have need of me...you know where to find me.
I will be on the couch.