The last month and a half of the school year always feels like the last 10 laps at the Daytona 500 to me. No more pit stops. Petal to the metal. Running on fumes. Hoping I can keep the car going at peak performance without getting involved in an accident, or hitting the wall at high speed. Able to see that finish line coming and willing myself to take the checkered flag.
With most of our official Professional Development Days done and the last long weekend past us, we are out of pit stops. There are no more breaks in our weeks and the weekends are full of events. There are Retirements to attend, Awards Nights to plan, Prom, not to mention family engagements. There are so many other things going on at school: like year end field trips, assemblies, and coaching spring sports. We are starting to work on Report Cards, getting things ready for Commencement, and transitions for new students coming to us in September. Some of us are dealing with EQAO testing and all the anxiety that standardized testing can bring to our classrooms. There's Spring shows and year end celebrations and saying goodbye to folks moving on to new challenges.
Oh yeah, and we are still teaching too. Trying to get all those fabulous learning experiences in before the end of the year. We can see the end of year finish line tantalizingly just ahead of us. And we are getting tired. So very, very tired.
It's the wild and wacky ending to another school year. It's the culmination of what we've worked for with our Students. And, it's the expectation of a rest.
I'm trying to make sure while I'm racing through those straightaways and keeping the corners under control, that I take time to enjoy the ride. I'm drafting a bit on others, and hoping others will tuck in and do the same with me. I'm reminding myself how thankful I am that I'm in the race at all and what a great profession I have chosen to be a part of. All the while, starting to think about next year and the next big race.
Fellow drivers, we are almost there. Hang in there. Enjoy the ride.
Summer is coming.