Friday, already?!? Unbelievable! Spring 2016 has officially come to a close (Class-wise. Grading-wise, it has just begun to come to a close.) and I’m feeling both relieved and a little wistful. So many things I would do differently (and can, next semester). So many students I hope will keep in touch with me (I had some real gems this semester – I’m saying that with no sarcasm at all). So many things I really enjoyed (and can’t wait to do again next semester). So many unknowns moving forward! And a sure-to-be-too-short summer “off” once I get my grades submitted! I both love and hate this “in-between period”. It is hard to stay motivated to keep grading quickly and efficiently when I know that I won’t have students asking me about them in class. It is hard to not jump forward into planning without doing a proper and realistic appraisal of this past semester. It is hard not to collapse into a pool of exhausted jelly and just watch the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel for weeks on end. But, I am attempting to keep things going…and that includes my semi-regular, weekly blogging attempts, of which Five Minute Friday is one of the more regular semi-regular posts!
So, here goes….
Cheer relates to “joy” when I think about it. Feeling “cheerful” means feeling content and happy. It also relates to celebrations to me. The whole “Cheers!” thing we say when toasting others. And this week is definitely one of celebration! I gave my last final of the Spring 2016 semester on Thursday and I am somewhat cheerful in looking forward to summer break. My DD is going to be finishing up First Grade on Thursday and I’m definitely feeling cheerful about that. At a number of points during her short life, I wasn’t sure we would celebrate milestones such as this. Summer is always a reason to “cheer” for me. It is one of my favorite things about being a teacher! I get to spend long summer days with my DD enjoying summer fun. I know how lucky I am to have that ability.
Cheer also makes me think of “cheering” for someone or something. I love baseball and we’re getting back our minor league team after many years of absence. I am excited to have someone local to “cheer” on and to be able to take my DD to baseball games during this summer of cheer!
That’s it. Not very deep this week, but it is done. Even if it was a day late (I went to bed before the actual Five Minutes began last night. 🙂