I was walking in Walmart the other evening and I overheard a little girl, about 8 years old, yelling at her mother “NO I DON’T WANT TO GO TO THE BACK TO SCHOOL STUFF!!!!!” My first thought was “I’m sure that more teachers out there can “feel” her pain. I even thought, wow before I became an assistant principal, I would sometimes say the same thing. I say sometimes, because there were summers when I couldn’t wait to get back to school. I started to think to myself why did I feel one way or the other. I really believe that part of it had to do with my coaching, and how I couldn’t wait to get back into the gym with my teams. Around the same time I was working with a great team in my dept., and we got along like a family. Other times, when I was feeling “how depressing, back to school crap already” had to do with I really didn’t feel a sense of family in my school. Not that I’m a school administrator I can’t wait for school to open in the fall because the building is just to damn quiet! I really miss the students and the activity and noise that they bring to the building.
So I go back to the little girl and the fact that many teacher feel her pain. I have to ask myself, “if you’re a teacher and you feel this way – Do you really love your job? Do you really like to work with kids?” Granted it is nice to have time off, but by the time Christmas break is over, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. Could teachers feel that way because they don’t feel appreciated in their building? I really wonder if the good to great idea works here, you know Jim Collins book. If you have all of the right people in the school, are teachers more eager to get back after summer break? Do coaches get anxious more frequently than their non coaching counter parts? Does the school leadership team play a roll in this?
On the totally flip side, I totally understand why the little girl or any other student that age would yell that. What could be more fun than sleeping in and playing with your friends all day? Maybe if school and more specifically their classes were more engaging the students wouldn’t feel this way.
Could we really live in a word where the teachers and the students are all excited to go back to school? I also wonder if it’s the same thing in schools in other countries around the world???