I decided to move to the west coast, so this is my last week at the school where I started my career and have had eight fabulous years of teaching.
I'm in the midst of the end of the year craziness. Grades are due. Cleaning the classroom. Cleaning out desks and sending materials home. Kids are rowdy and I'm finding something productive for them to do in the meantime. Not to mention the end of the year excitement in the air. And I'm packing a classroom to move it across the country.
I don't often feel stressed. Not to be confused with not being stressed. I am sometimes stressed but don't feel it; usually then I get sick. I am currently focusing on channeling my energy to make the end of the year as great as possible while still trying to get my personal life together to make this big move on my own. But even I have to admit, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with it all right now.
But in all my end of the year procrastination and personal brain breaks, I found this TED Talk about how stress can be healthy for each of us. Teachers know stress. They know it really well. It comes in many different forms and can just appear at any point of the day....with a student, a colleague, or parents. But really, it is healthy. That's what I keep telling myself.
If you're getting close to the end of the school year (or if your last week is this week, like me), then good luck. If you have a few more weeks to go, keep doing a great job! Don't forget to take time for you! Hit the gym, take a walk, or put on some tunes.