I have shared before that this has felt like the most challenging of work years.
I have been feeling run down physically, emotionally and spiritually the past few weeks and today I seem to be fighting the third cold I've had in the past two months (the wife and I seem to keep giving it back and forth to each other...)
Another sign of just how rundown I have gotten.
I'm in the middle of MOSL grading, I'm trying to get two classes ready for the ELA Regents exam (keeping them motivated even as the weather becomes more and more summerlike), I'm tutoring almost every day after school from now until the end of the year, I'm trying to create something compelling for my other three (non-Regents) classes while still hitting the monthly schoolwide expectations around Common Core - that's the stuff that's going on at work.
At home, there's a serious illness in my family that has just turned a bit worse. The wife and I are looking for some other place to live after five years in the current abode (which seems to have gotten smaller even as it has grown more expensive.) And that means getting ready to hire some movers, pack and do all that kind of thing.
In between that stuff, there's the blog and the twitter all the other stuff that happens in the fight against ed deform, all of which would happen without me to be sure, but still, I feel the responsibility to try and do my part.
I'm feeling wiped out and while I'd say most years I start to feel this way about now, this year has been especially challenging with all the CCSS and APPR nonsense that has added so much extra in paperwork and compliance to my day.
And so, as I continue to work toward the end of the school year, I thought I would just let you know that the schedule of blogging I have tried to keep up at Perdido Street School blog is going to slow down just a bit.
I'll do another contract post to be sure (even though the last few seemed to mostly piss people off!) and some Cuomo stuff (especially if he makes any moves toward changing APPR before the end of the legislative) and the scandal stuff involving Christie and the GWB and Cuomo and Moreland (and maybe the GWB too) and if Kingsie or Merryl say anything stupid, I'm sure I'll have two cents to add about that.
But feeling rundown as I am, I think my body is letting me know that it is time to slow down, conserve some energy and take care of myself a bit, so that's just what I'm going to do.
I dunno what kind of academic year you've had or what's been going on in your own home life, but I hope you get to take care of yourself a bit this last month of work as well.
No matter what the corporatists think, we are human "beings," not human "doings," and sometimes it is important to just "be."
And so, with that, I'll think I'll just "be" for a while.