Well, I have finally finished grading finals, turned in my paperwork, and cleaned my room enough for now. Year 6 (YEAR 6!) at Bellingham High is complete! Thank goodness. This one had a tough ending, but thankfully we'll get a fresh start in the fall.
I've been thinking a lot about the rhythm of the school year lately. I think people long for the seasons of the teaching profession. Granted, for our education and demands, we take a paycut to enjoy the new beginning each September. I don't know how we would survive without it. Maybe we would be a healthier society if more jobs were designed with seasons, to mix things up and keep us fresh.
Most teachers work a second job or attend conferences in the summer. I have driven busses for the cruise ships in Alaska, cleaned houses, and attended various conferences and planned professional development for teachers. This summer will be filled with the latter. I have meetings tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. Then off to a conference Sunday and Monday. Another conference for a week in July and I start back up in the middle of August. I'm not complaining. Though my plan for this summer doesn't bring in any extra money, it will be a refreshing change of pace (I hope) for the sprint of the school year.
What do you think? Should all jobs have a season to do something different? Not necessarily a "vacation", but a chance to mix it up and refresh. Or do you like the consistency of your job?