Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Morning Me

For a teacher, every day is "Sunday morning" in the summertime. And I'm loving it! My body needs about three weeks (no exaggeration) to physically and mentally recoup from the school year. You go go go go non-stop for ten months in exhausting and stressful conditions, working 12 hour days (and more) and that's just ON campus. Off-campus preparations and performances add to that workload. Summertime is collection of overtime pay. The people who know me get it, but really only people in academia know the kind of exhaustion-to-the-bone I'm talking about. 

Week three is here and I'm beginning to feel somewhat rested and ready to embark on a few summer projects before the bell rings in August. After twenty-one years in the classroom, this may be my last August bell. Yay! We shall see how it goes and what's best for me.

I've been couching. Listening to music. Updating old blog posts. Reading. Researching retirement options. Going to physical therapy (a story for another day!) Visiting with my mother and kids. Learning some new songs. 
Mostly couching.

 Baby Beans and I are going on a river trip next week. I've lost my camera. How does one lose a Nikon camera?? I'm sure it's in that-place-I-hid-it-for-safekeeping-that-I-will-obviously-remember-but-will-NEVER-remember. You know what I'm talking about? 

I also need to respond to an email I recently received that gave me pause....So I paused. I will respond when I know what to say.
Meanwhile....gotta find that camera.
And some words.
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Mark In Mayenne said...

Hi Mimi, this Sunday morning I am looking after guests. No rest for the wicked!

Mimi Lenox said...

I'm sure they were well cared for, Mark.

Charles Gramlich said...

Unfortunately, I've wasted more of my summer than I should have. I've got a lot more writing I'd like to get done.

Patti Villers said...

Couching (new word?) sounds like what I've been doing since my surgery in May.
Although I've been doing a lot less of it lately, energy is coming back.

Hope you found your camera since Sunday!

Patti Villers said...

Couching (new word?) sounds like what I've been doing since my surgery in May.
Although I've been doing a lot less of it lately, energy is coming back.

Hope you found your camera since Sunday!

Mimi Lenox said...

Charles - You are a writing machine! Rest. The bell tolls for thee as

Mimi Lenox said...

Patti - Yes, couching is a new word with an obvious meaning. Surgery? Wait...the kidney discovery! Are you sure they know you're a Princess from royal blog descent? Perhaps it's an inherited affliction.
Seriously, I hope you are on the mend. Surgery takes a lot out of a person.

The camera: I got busy with Baby Beans and abandoned the search. Maybe it's downstairs in a cabinet or nook. For now, I'm couching.

bazza said...

Hi Mimi. I see you're still at it! Do you get annoyed with people who say that teachers have it easy with all those holidays/vacations you have. My sister hated it, saying that she worked harder in the 13 weeks off! She's an art teacher ("Oh, that's easy work isn't it?").
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Mimi Lenox said...

Bazza - YES! Don't get me started. Oops, too late.
People just don't get it. I teach Performing Arts (music and theatre) and I never stop during the day. Dealing with the kids and their behaviors can be exhausting and takes up more energy that actually teaching. IF I could simply teach and not have to referee, I'd be happier and healthier. It's stressful. Every single day.

I have some wonderful students, however, and love them dearly. But it's challenging to focus on and encourage the good, when so many compete for your attention in negative ways.

In the United States, teachers are contracted to work ten months out of the year. We are NOT paid in the summer. We do not get "summers off with pay"...we have to save enough money to pay bills during July and August or work another temporary job. Many of my peers hold down two jobs all year round and teach. We are not paid for all the multiple hours of "extra duties" that are required (sporting event chaperones, sponsoring dances, fundraising for your own program, grading after work, arriving early for bus duty, meetings, etc etc)

It does drive me crazy. I am finding that this generation of parents, by and large, have waning respect for teachers or authority in general. That attitude is passing down to the kids. Until you actually spend time doing what teachers do, you just don't get it. I think every member of Congress should spend at least a week in a public classroom. Oh, and every parent too. We wouldn't have discipline problems if Little Johnnie's mom/dad made an appearance once in a while.

*stepping off soapbox**

Mimi Lenox said...

P.S. But lovely to see you, Bazza! I'll pop over and read you in awhile...

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