In six weeks I'll be starting a new teaching position. A fellow colleague started there five weeks ago. Both of us have/had been teaching at my current school for nearly ten years. As she drew close to her final weeks she was given the advice to make sure "She took time to smell the roses". To make sure she enjoyed all that she had grown and achieved.
A couple of weeks ago she passed on that advice to me. Some call it checking out. I have no intention of doing that, but, I'm definitely more relaxed than what I have been at this time of the year in the past. I'm taking time to just enjoy being 'in the moment' in my classes and the hustle and bustle of the school day.
It's a time to reflect and celebrate those teaching and learning ideas that have worked. To think about those ideas that I was sure would work and didn't. To think about all of those ideas and which ones I can take forward and try in the new environment ahead. At some point soon a list will be made. For my students though, I have three weeks left and plenty of work to do.
But, smelling the roses shouldn't stop there. Life is about balance and far to often we forget about the space outside of work. It's important to reflect on your accomplishments there too. To see the two spaces as two parts of a whole. I've bought two houses and sold one renovating the first. I have an awesome young family with two boys that make me laugh, mutter under my breath and wonder, often all in the same day. I've sold a yacht, rode my bike and tramped with family, friends and school.
Taking time to enjoy the moment or 'smell the roses' is something we don't do enough.
Some of the best PD discussions are had in the staffroom over a coffee. My posts are intended to be like one of those conversations. Feel free to join the conversation, we just might help each other out. My opinions are my own.