I hope that you are finally on break now. If not, I hope today is your last day! You need it! You deserve a little break.
Today’s message is going to start a little differently than most. I want to reflect a little on my childhood. Keep reading, though. There is a point that brings it all back to teaching. 🙂
I grew up in the golden age of the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was the most wonderful thing in the world to me. You could have adventures, solve mysteries, and just have tons of fun. It was great!
Well…it was great for a while.
After a few years, it started to run a little slower. Before too long, it started having trouble starting the games. This happened to almost everyone I knew. We had to blow into the games. We had to find creative ways to slide the games in. We had to hope against hope every time we pressed the power button.
Near the end of the life of the NES, you got to know the reset button very, very well.
Each time the game messed up, we pressed reset.
When the game froze up, we pressed reset.
Oh, and there is also the we-did-not-do-so-well-in-the-game times, and we pressed reset.
Reset. Reset. Reset. It was the stand-by that we always went to.
Well, Teacher, you are more than a game system, but you, too get worn down. You are tired. You are mentally exhausted. You are emotionally worn out.
Sometimes, the game messes up on you. Sometime teaching “freezes” up on you. Sometimes you are not just doing very well. These are especially true this time of year and most definitely this year…it has been a rough one for almost every teacher I have talked to.
You need what we relied on with the NES…you need a reset.
Winter break is our reset button built into the year.
I really do think that is the main reason that we need it. We all need a reset here at the almost school year half-time.
We need a break. We need a refresh. We need the hope of a fresh start in the year.
That is what you need. Don’t forget it.
The holidays are great! Take the time to reconnect with friends and family. Do all of the fun, holiday things. That is all a part of it. Just do me a favor and don’t forget about you.
Take some down time.
Do something you love doing.
TAKE A BREAK!
Hit that reset button…what ever that looks like for you.
Teacher, I hope you have a tremendous break and happy holidays! Just remember that you need to recharge. Don’t forget to reset.
You are awesome! I know that you will take some time for you. You are doing a great job this year, even if it does not always feel that way. You really are making a difference! Reset and keep on teaching, Teacher!