Sunday, 2 August 2015

Sunflower Children

Sunflower Children
Sunflower children,
nod to the sun,
Summer is over,
school has begun.
                author unknown

     As I watch this sunflower growing in my yard, I am reminded that once it blooms, it will be time for school to begin.  Someone once told me that August is like a month of Sundays and I think of this every summer when it hits and I move into "full steam ahead" mode.  As I continue to reflect on my teaching practices through the lenses of repeat, rethink, and remove, I remind myself to add "recharge" to that list.  The group of children that I will soon meet need more than just sharpened pencils. They need a teacher whose mind, body, and spirit have been well-nourished by the freedom and pleasures of the summer season. For me this means I must set aside time every day to take walks, connect with nature, and spend time with the people I love.  What will you do to "recharge" in the midst of your back-to-school prep?

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