It's been a crazy school year, from the arrival of the wee three year olds in September right the way to the last days of term in July. We've still not had a call from Ofsted and this year worries over accelerated progress, how often to report data and the quality of learning journals has never been far from my thoughts. It sometimes makes me wonder how I ever manage to get any teaching done with all this assessment bureaucracy in the way. But holidays have (finally!) arrived and now I have the chance to think about things other than teaching.
Imagine the scene.
It's the best Sunday of the year: the one where you have no work tomorrow and no (official*) work for six weeks. I turn to Andy and say "I really need to get my blog going again over the summer break. I need to make it work so I can actually find time to blog during term time as well." He responds with lots of nodding and yes-yessing.
Shortly afterwards I was tweeted by the lovely Lucy at Lucy In The Clouds who said "Just having a blog catch up and realised you haven't posted all year. Was that a conscious decision or did it just happen?" Yikes - someone eventually found me out!
But yes, it's true - it just happened. Life was so busy that I had no time to make conscious decisions about not blogging. I've felt guilty then angry followed by frustrated that I've just not found/made the time for blogging or doing the nice things that you can write about in a blog. My work-life balance hasn't really existed; moments of fun have been snatched from times when I should be cleaning the house, looking after my husband or being a better teacher. Isn't it bad when having a little bit of me-time becomes something you feel bad for doing.
That said, I'm a big champion for the phrase New Year, New Start. To me, the big new year starts in September when term begins, with January just being an 'official' celebration and a chance to remind yourself of everything you promised to do in the last 4 months but haven't achieved yet. When I start school again on 1st September, I'm determined to make more effort to plan house-time and me-time ahead to achieve a little more of a work-life balance because I realise how unhappy it's made me and my little household of husband and cat feel this year.
So now, 6 weeks of holidays lie ahead. At the moment, my domestic world is a little topsy turvy as we have our lovely decorator in (doing a 3 year spruce up) and everything is packed away or needing to be packed asap. I'm also typing this while wincing as the RSI in my left thumb has decided to pay me a visit - ouch! Everything in my little life has the potential to begin to be better, it just needs some tweaking.
Therefore I'm going to leave you hanging for a couple of weeks while I sort life out and get a grip on all things important and then make a big return sometime around the 10th of August, with me ready to face the world feeling domestically sorted, happy and hopefully in a more comfortable position thumb-wise for sustained typing.
I look forward to sharing the TA-DAH moment with you. In the meantime, enjoy the joys of July! x
* I say 'official' because I know that there will be a minimum of 3-5 days spent at school as I set up my new classroom and days spent at home creating resources for my new Reception(!) class. But we won't think about that for now.