This time of year, we race to get report cards done, organize end-of-year events, and communicate with parents. We’re masters of making sure our students, parents, colleagues, and administrators have what they need to successfully close the year and take a well-deserved break. And once the last day of class before the holiday break rolls around, thoughts of downtime, eggnog, and comfy socks take hold.
Finishing the year strong is a great feat and it’s admirable to serve others in our learning communities. But what’s just as great is making time and space for our own reflections and professional development as teachers. And if it feels self-indulgent, rest assured that the time we give to ourselves will benefit others in the long run.