For the past five years, my sleep pattern has been extremely off balance. As the mom of a 4 1/2 year old and soon to be 3 year old, a full night’s sleep is almost as elusive as a day with no spills! I have taken advantage of these sleepless nights however. I tend to get some my best writing for graduate school done at 1:00 a.m. The house is silent aside from the click clacks of my keyboard. I recently received a phone call from my new principal. She has decided to change grade level placement from 3rd grade to 4th grade. Although I am extremely excited about the new opportunity, I am a little nervous about the transition. I have been with my little ones in 2nd grade for 4 years now. Research has never been more important to me! I look forward to tackling this new adventure head on. At least I know that I’ll have the time to spend on Pintrest while my boys rest peacefully in their beds.
This week has been quite eventful to say the least. I began the week by returning home from a very restful trip to my hometown. By Monday evening, I had scheduled two more job interviews and completed some work for this semesters graduate courses. By Thursday afternoon, I had been offered a 3rd grade teaching position and completed Day 4 of the my 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse/Detox. This detox seems to be a symbol of the last few months. I have been getting rid of all of the toxic things in my life. This week, I have finally been able to recapture something that has been vital to my existence. I found a piece of serenity, and I am determined to hold on to it for as long as possible.
As the summer begins, I cannot help but to reflect on the earlier part of this year. In January, I was preparing to tackle another semester in a less than ideal teaching environment. I had taken the winter break as an opportunity to reflect and gather ideas about how to most effectively engage my young learners. I studied all of the resources that I had available. I talked to one of my invaluable sources of information: my mother, a retired high school English teacher with 32 years of experience. I met with my team at school, and we brainstormed until the clouds parted and the ideas trickled down and settled on our fingertips. From January to May, I put all of that planning to use. At the end of the semester, I looked around and believed that I was happy with the results. The truth is that I was never truly satisfied. I wanted more for my students. I wanted them to be valued beyond a standardized test score. I wanted them to “find who [they] are”. I wanted them to bask in their “golden time of day”. A time that felt warm and comforting. A time of renewal. A time of reflection. So here I am, at the beginning of summer, making a decision that will affect how I spend the rest of my winter breaks. I have decided to pursue doctoral studies in Early Childhood Education as a full-time student because I believe that our youngest learners deserve more than we are currently giving them. As the sun goes down in a blaze of beautiful colors, my mind is at ease, and I feel as if I have finally found the true beauty in this time of day.