As the early evening sunlight streams into my study, I am flicking through maths textbooks and choosing which tasks to set for my little monkeys to do in class this week and next. Over the blissful few weeks of Easter break, a lot of this rhythm of planning – teaching – marking – planning once more has been absent (bar the obligatory few days in school / researching / planning schemes), and it always feels a little odd to get back into the groove. A bit like putting your summer clothes back on after taking them out of the box you’ve had them stored in over winter.
They feel known, yet different. Maybe they are a litle tighter, maybe a little looser, maybe you’ve forgotten how you love them, or what annoyed you about them. Same with back to school.
I love a lot of going back to school, I must say. I’ve missed my boys and can’t wait to get in the classroom once more and get learning. The summer term is always a little bittersweet though – I love that by this point in the year I know my boys really well (and they are well and truly used to my antics, too!), but on the other hand I know this is my last term with this particular gang. And as I always tell them, they will always be Thornleyites (I’m so cheesey)…but we’ll never live and learn together the way you do as a form. I love our little unit. 🙂
Luckily, the summer term keeps us so busy there is little time for reflection – school and visits and concerts and events and sports and reports and away days…it’s always a mad hurry (in the nicest possible way!). Sprinkle on a social life, working out, a hen night, a wedding (Laura and Garry, can you believe it’s like seven weeks now???), a major exam for Matthew, visits, picnics, a Race For Life, and the usual shebang, and you have a lot to look forward to / get through / attempt to rock.
I’ll endeavour to keep you all posted. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
PS Inspired by the beautiful Jessica, who’s scrapbooking a ‘Week In The Life’, this week I’ll be doing blog posts on that theme. This will involve me taking my camera everywhere with me (and I am so bad at that…), but should prove pretty amusing. I’m mostly excited to take pics of my lovely walks around London, and also of some of my beautiful friends :-).