Slice of Life Challenge was created by the people over at the blog Two Writing Teachers. The challenge is to write about some part of your day and share it each Tuesday then give feedback to at least three other bloggers.
Four more days. We have four more days left in our school building as we know it. I wrote about our school renovation several times this year. One poetry Friday I even shared a poem. Sometimes the construction brings a smile to my face like when I think about our new library space with a makerspace area, reading nook, learning space, production room and so much more.
It's hard to keep those positive thoughts at the front of my mind everyday though. I am tired. Tired of stepping around children on the floor since I have no tables or chairs. Tired of being squeezed into small spaces and being flexible. I'm ready for flexibility to be less frequently required.
Four more days. We only have four more days in this place. It's sad too. We've built memories in these rooms and they will never be the same again. I'm glad for the change, but wow, it has been a year with way more changes than even I anticipated.
Our pre-k students loved the cozy library space. The small size fit them perfectly. And having a construction site right on the other side of the wall was sometimes really cool. Students and staff loved going on hard hat tours and chatting with construction workers. A few of the workers were even parents of some of our students so Dads could be seen during recess once in a while.
Four more days. After those days are over, I will be taking a break. I will not take any classes. I will not pop into the school to do work over the break (not allowed anyway with the work they will be doing), I will not do anything remotely related to work except reading. This will be a different kind of summer for me. I feel like I need space and time away. Lots of space. Lots of time. Lots of rest.
When August comes around, I want to be rested, relaxed and ready to take on the challenge of creating an amazing learning space for staff and students. Time away will allow that excitement to build and give me the energy to make it all happen. Four more days. Just four more days.