Me, spilling out all my thoughts, inner and outer, on just about anything! Lots of poetry, short stories from past experiences, anecdotes about teaching elementary school, music, relationships....garage sale type thing...Something For Everyone!

Friday, September 01, 2006

School Looms!

Teachers across the province are adding the finishing touches to their classrooms as they get ready to welcome the kids back to school on Tuesday.
It is an enormous job; moving desks, painting shelves and cloakrooms, putting up attractive bulletin boards, photocopying work, printing name tags and sharpening pencils! It has been a tiring week. They are both excited and nervous.

Teachers of all ages are about to embark upon another year's journey in their career; 30 new faces and 30 new families. They will be a huge part of each student's life for the next 10 months. All will experience successes and failures, and each will be taken to heart.

What will unfold? What memories will they have etched in their minds forever come the end of next June? What will the students and teachers have learned from each other?

I could feel all this as I went in this past week to clean out my room, cupboards and desk for the teacher who is replacing me. For the first time in 29 years, I am not returning to school in the fall. It did feel a little strange not to be buzzing around organizing supplies for a class and asking, "Where the heck are the markers and the chart paper?!" But, at the same time, I felt a little relief.

During the upcoming year, I need to concentrate on my health issues and strive to improve them. Without the stress of school, I will be better able to do that. It was an extremely difficult decision for me to make because I love the kids, teachers, and everything about workng in such a dynamic setting each day.
But I shall volunteer as a helper, or lead sessions in reading, writing and music as much as I want. I am actually looking forward to the year ahead!

And to my colleagues and any other teachers out there, those rooms look sparkling and very welcoming! Thanks for all the effort you put into your job.
Break a leg on your first day back!

Mother of Invention, having a few sympathetic first day jitters myself!

21 Comments:

Blogger Old Lady said...

Good idea. As time goes by you will be able to do more and more, you'll see. I've have 2 stents myself and I continue to work. I did change to a less stressful one but not until 5 years after the last stent was put in. I believe you will be able to find a good balance and once you are in more control of your time, you will problably being doing all the things you have wanted to do. Have fun in this new adventure.

Friday, September 01, 2006

 
Blogger chrysalis said...

I wish you luck! Many members of my family are teachers and my sister and I used to help them with the room decoration. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun.

Hi from Michele's.

Friday, September 01, 2006

 
Blogger Barbara said...

This must be hard for you, but at least this way you can pick and choose where and how you want to contribute. Our health must goven decisions like yours. The only downside I can see is that you may get so used to being your own boss that you would have a hard time returning to the structure of the school day. I can tell that you are the kind of person who will stay busy, no matter what!

Friday, September 01, 2006

 
Blogger Richard said...

I took 6 months off work in 2005 - March through August - and it was wonderful to be able to unwind. I really needed it. I had hoped to accomplish much (all I managed was my blog), but looking after JJ prevented me from doing anything other than focussing on him - don't get me wrong, it was worth it.

This year, we are desperately trying to get Jason into school in Montreal, but are meeting stiff opposition. The problem is that in Quebec the cutoff date is 30-Spetember. JJ was born 02-October. Oh, the hassles, the stonewalling, the hoops to try and get him admitted. First he has to get a psychological evaluation (he is graded against kids 1 year older than him). If he passes that, then he gets evaluated by the school psychologist (according to my wife, he blew that opportunity big time yesterday by not being the least bit cooperative. sigh).

I know that all parents think their kids are little prodigies (not to mention incredibly cute and sweet), but I honestly believe Jason needs the stimulation he can get from interacting with other kids and, more importantly, beginning to learn in a formal environment. So, if he doesn't get into school in Montreal, I will bring him to Ottawa and get him schooled here.

Enjoy your time off. While it may look like an enormous 10 months to fill, you know that in 9 months you will be looking back and wondering where all the time went.

Friday, September 01, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Old Lady: Yes, I know it is the right thing to do. Just watching all that the teachers had to do this week brought it home to me! They are all tired already, even young energetic teachers, and the kids aren't even a factor yet. I have limited energy, so I know I couldn't handle it physically or emotionally to be going back.

Thanks. I'm going for balance and enjoyment of life at a much less hectic/stressed pace.

Chrysalis: Thanks. You must know then how much effort it takes to be ready for the kids!

Barbara: You are so right! I will get to like this too much and I know the time will fill in with things I want and need to do. I might not feel able to return in a year and if that happens, then I can take 2 more years leave and then retire. I'll make less money, but as you said, it's health thet governs these decisions, not $$$! It'll be a wait and see! Thanks!

Richard: Thanks for sharing all that. Taking time away from regular schedules feels strange...like a twilight zone of sorts..but then if you do that long enough, that becomes your new norm as I expect may happen in my case. I've been off since last Jan. anyway so this is just a continuation of a health leave.

I don't have any big things on my list to accomplish, I'll probably just try to exercise more, read and write more. Stay connected to friends etc. Things take longer for me to do than other people so I don't really get a lot done in a day...and I'm not even looking after any kids!

I hope you can get your son in a school. It sounds like he is more than ready! Probably Ontario is a better bet, although I don't even know what the cut-off date is..that may be different with each board.

I'm sure, as you say, the time will just fly! I could just be re-posting this same blog this time next year!! HA!

Friday, September 01, 2006

 
Blogger kenju said...

Michele sent me, Ruth. I suppose you will have withdrawal from school and the children, and yet be happy to be away from it all the same.

Friday, September 01, 2006

 
Anonymous cyndy - milehighdiva said...

Hi from Michele
Good wishes to you for your health Volunteering can be very fulfilling.

Friday, September 01, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Kenju: You are so bang on. A bit of a double-edged sword as they say.

Cyndy:Thanks! Yes, and I know first hand that the teachers appreciate it.

Friday, September 01, 2006

 
Blogger jsdaughter said...

I can't believe it's that time of year again... Take care of yourself..

Friday, September 01, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

js daughter: Thanks. I am really going to give it my best shot. Nice blog you have.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Blogger verniciousknids said...

That's a very big change for you...hope it goes well!

Michele sent me.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Blogger bobealia said...

I start helping out on Wednesday, but school starts Thursday, so I hope the Teacher is well on her way.
Enjoy your time, I'm sure you will be missed.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Vern: You got that right! And thanks, I'm sure it will.

Bobelia: Thanks! You'll love working in a class and you'll be so appreciated with all your artistic talent! The kids will adore you. You'll probably be preparing all the art lessons! teachers are always looking for new ideas.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Anonymous chas ravndal said...

Hello there and have a nice weekend! Btw, Michele sent me.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Blogger Carmi said...

My wife is a teacher, and she's still working through last-minute preparations to her classrooms. Your entry is a touching reminder of why this time of year is so important to so many families.

Thank you for the reminder. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for good health going forward.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Anonymous colleen said...

I understand...haven't been able to work full time for most of my adult life. Here's to your free time and healing! I'm here by way of michele.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Carmi: Thanks! And you know first hand the work that teachers do. So many people just think we are slack because we have summers off...I challenge them to come in last week and this upkeeping week!

Hope your wife has a great start to a wonderful school year!

Colleen: Thanks so much. I'm coming to visit you!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

I'm working on the Freak Power Platform related to my run for President and one of the things I'm considering is a year-round school schedule instead of an extended summer break. Wondering what the response will be.

I've littered your blog a bit with comments...I'm sorry...I just saw too many things I liked and I couldn't help myself. Thankfully, I only went back a couple months.

I'd greatly appreciate you updating my URL - and coming to have a look at my new blogspot. Should you be so inclined to leave a few comments here and there they would be most welcomed!

Fear And Loathing - The Gonzo Papers

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Kilroy: Hmm! Don't think you'd get teachers or parents' votes!
Thanks for the visits. Like your new look!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Anonymous Sparkling Diamond said...

And a great fascination to have! I drink my cappucinos out of a clear glass mug and love it! I've never had a clear umbrella, but do think it would be a cool thing. My fascination is with anything irridescent and metallic...I like SHINY! LOL
Here from Michele's!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Sparkling Diamond: Thanks for visiting. You must have come by your name honestly! I love shiny things too. Just like crows so!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

 

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