The Last Day Before School

It’s hot, y’all.

I drive to school and green grass is everywhere I look — a seasonal anomaly, as it has been a relatively cool summer. Not in the basement. After a series of unfortunate events here at Bethel, ending in the absence of AC here in the basement.

But all is not lost!

I am so excited for this school year to start. I’m ready to see my kids, to teach them, and to grow as a teacher. I’ve been blogging for two whole years now about the ups and downs of teaching, but I must say: I love it. I’m finally to the point where most of my energy is not in writing my curriculum but in assessing where students are at. I’m so ready for my IEP list. I’m ready for grading essays. I’m ready for intense group projects. I’m ready for routine.

Now I just got in an argument with my husband the other day about routine and how we should be spontaneous — however, there’s something pretty calming in knowing exactly what I plan on doing the next day. Summer break is great, but so is structure!

As I head into this year, I hope to blog more and start posting more of my lessons and templates as well as focus on being SIMPLE. This last year was a marathon of crazy. By Christmas break, I was ready for summer break to be here already. With wedding planning, a long distance relationship, and moving: life was crazy. As things start to settle down, I’m praying that I fill my plate with meaningful things — a considerably less amount of meaningful things. I’m hailing back to my RA days where our favorite buzzword, other than community, was intentionality.

It means more Jesus time. More community. More relationship building. More focus on the things I’ve already got started, and doing them well! It does not mean that I sign up to be the assistant STUCO leader, or sign up for sports games every week, or try to save the world.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

As you head into the school year, or your kids head into it, or you’re simply wrapping up your Monday, keep it simple. Do what you do well, and always for the glory of God.

MM

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