This girl has had a case of the Mondays for the last few weeks. I have just not been feeling it at work. For a multitude of reasons, I’m burnt out, so I come to work frustrated. I teach crappy lessons that my kids don’t get into. They in turn struggle and misbehave, which makes me even more frustrated. Vicious cycle!
I knew that I needed to make a change, so this week, I did. Sunday I spent a solid hour+ planning my lesson for Monday. I planned out a thought-provoking warm-up, a good lesson cycle, and mixed in a little fun. (My kids had to go on a scavenger hunt to find essay prompts that I had hidden around the room, and then they wrote thesis statements to match each prompt.)
I don’t know if I’d say that my kids loved it (they did spend the entire class period writing thesis statements, afterall), but they were engaged! This meant that they also behaved! They had fun, and I had fun! (Seriously, it’s been too long since I’ve had fun at work.)
I’m feeling reinvigorated for the remainder of the school year. After spring break, we won’t have many days off, but we will have some fun units. We still have poetry, research, and imaginative writing to squeeze in before the end of May.
I needed this. Dragging yourself to work everyday is not a good feeling. I’m glad to have found myself back in the groove.
Do you go through highs and lows at work? Am I the only one fighting burn out right now? Do you have a page-a-day calendar? My mom buys each of us kids one for Christmas every year. They are always tailored to our personalities. This year’s calendar is teaching me German and totally freaking me out with its psychic abilities.*