My husband is taking the kids biking in P-Town tomorrow. They're teenagers. They don't need constant supervision or entertainment. I can get things done when they're around unlike when they were three and four and they used to follow me around the house making a mess as I cleaned. However, I sometimes feel a little guilty about neglecting them to do school work. It is summer after all and goodness knows they show lots of patience during the school year when they often have to take a back seat to my school work. Tomorrow, I can work guilt-free knowing that they're having a good day.
While there are so many things on my to do list that I can't accomplish from the Cape, here is the short list for tomorrow:
At the end of the day, I'll head home so that I can participate in a three-day workshop on project based learning. So, I'll need to do some packing.
I know I won't finish everything on the list. Some of the things that I add to my start of school list are absolutely extra while some are essential. I can't help but think that the extra stuff really makes a difference for kids. My biases really do inform the decisions I make. I believe that fun, memorable, learning sticks. Therefore, even though some of the things I do are superfluous and rather time consuming, they simply cannot be scratched from the list.
Sometimes I wonder what my back to school prep would look like if I only did the essentials. I'm not wired to operate that way. I'd begin the year feeling miserable and that feeling would likely set the tone for my school year.
I'm hoping tomorrow is productive. As I work through the to do list I'm going to try to view each task as a choice. Each task represents just one more thing that I'm choosing to do so that the students and I can have the best year of learning possible. I'm hoping the power of positivity fuels my day!