Updated: Jul 30, 2021
Episode 3 Sources
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Moving Forward - NCSM and NCTM Joint Statement. (n.d.). Retrieved June 25, 2020, from https://www.nctm.org/Research-and-Advocacy/Moving-Forward---NCSM-and-NCTM-Joint-Statement/
Schwartz, T. et al. (2007). Manage your time, not your energy. Harvard Business Review. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press. Retrieved June 23, 2020, from https://hbr.org/2007/10/manage-your-energy-not-your-time
Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I make homemade deep dish pizza almost every week. The step of the recipe that always takes the longest, but is the key part, is letting the dough sit so that it can rise.
While on my run the other day I was thinking about this pizza and the idea of adults just sitting. Taking a pause without anything new being added on so that we can reflect on what has arguably been the most unpredictable and energy draining school year of our careers.
Districts have officially wrapped up the school year with well deserved celebrations, tributes, car parades, super cute yard signs, and heartfelt thank yous - but I still feel like we are pretending that the events of the past few months have not drained our emotional energy and impacted our mental health. We’re still acting as if everything is normal when it’s not. We are on resource overload with all of the well intentioned emails, tweets, and other social media posts, we are living through a pandemic, Many of us either became remote teachers overnight with some taking on the double duty of parent and teacher for the past three months.
and our country is finally beginning to have more directed and intentional dialogue about social injustice and the dismantling of systemic racism.
I don’t know about you all, but I haven’t been on my regular sleep schedule since March because of all of this. I’ve had so many emotions flying in and invading my thoughts at night. I know that these changes weren’t scheduled ahead of time - it’s just something that happened and we have had to adjust while moving through. And parents and teachers have done an amazing job with this. But now this drastic shift from emergency remote learning to all of a sudden becoming experts in socially distanced face to face teaching and learning-is moving too fast for me.
We missed the step after the congratulations- where we intentionally stop, where we sit with and process the emotions we have had for these past few months and reframe any negative thinking from this past school year that we might have so that our emotional cups so to speak, can be refilled. We need to do this for our own mental health.