I have to confess, I LOVE those TV shows where there's a transformation - new you, home redo, clutter cleanup. I'm completely obsessed with them. Just watching them is inspiring for me. I know... I'm a little weird.
It took me awhile to realize why I love those shows so much. Clutter, both physical and emotional, is stressful to everyone whether we know it or not. I also know that physical clutter becomes mental clutter because it's like a visual to do list nagging at us. So, cleaning out physical and emotional clutter is always one of my MUST DOs every summer. Teaching is one of the few professions where there's an end each year and a fresh beginning the next. Let's take advantage of that.
Because I'm such an organization freak, here's a checklist:
Work your way through your room. It's not easy, but it's simple.
What?? I know, I'm a sucker for punishment. Same process. I just do one closet, cabinet, etc. a day over the summer. You could do one room a week if you wanted to get it done in large chunks. I promise, once you do this you'll be sold. It feels so good to start fresh in all areas of your life.
If you're like me, you already journal and reflect a lot. But in the summer, take time to reset your priorities and get your head around your bigger WHY again. Why are you in this business? Why do you love teaching? It helps so much to reflect on the year and gain perspective. Then, you can develop a new set of goals and habits you want for the year before life gets super busy again. Don't forget to create steps to accomplish each goal or habit as well.
Every teacher wants their students to become committed readers. Here's a simple "how to" cheat sheet you can provide to help PARENTS support their kids in their reading journey. I call it the Sneaky Parent's Guide to Growing Readers because it's filled with loving, savvy tips to make reading feel fun and desirable.