My new district doesn't start with students until September 3 so I've still got a month of summer to go. That seems so crazy to me, but at the same time, I am grateful for the time. With all of my struggles with anxiety and depression over the last year, I think having this extra time will be really good for me to continue to focus on my mental health.
To be perfectly frank, it has been difficult to get back into a steady routine since I came home from Uganda on July 1st. I think part of that is because I don't know my curriculum and programming schedule in my new job so I can't even do any "under the radar" planning because I don't know what I'm working with. I also think I have needed to just truly not have a schedule. I'm a busy lady -- I am constantly in "go" mode because there is always so much to accomplish. This forced break has been wonderful, but it also makes it difficult to get myself to the gym. I think part of that is because I always went to the gym before school and because I'm not going to school, it's hard to get motivated to go.
Alas, as the calendar has turned, my mind is now on school. I know I have a classroom in my elementary building that I won't have to share, but I'm still not sure about middle school (6th grade is moving back to middle school so there may not be an empty room for me to have). Regardless, I have been thinking about some things I want to do/change as far as what I do with my instruction.
I took part in a 3-day SIOP training in early July and got a ton of new strategies I'd like to incorporate. I'm also going to really focus on making my content and language objectives clear and meaningful.
I'm really excited to start my new job. I think this is going to be the change my restless spirit has needed for a while. I'm excited to document my new journey as I figure out what I'm doing too.