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Tonight I had to get out of the house. Leave with no children needing things. Just me, alone, caring for my own whims, doing nothing and everything, whatever I needed right at that moment. Being a new mom of 18 day old twins and a very active 3 year old, I am not surprised that I hit this point, indeed, it was nothing dramatic, just a realization that a break was needed so that I could continue to function optimally. And so I left when the opportunity arose, went to the mall of all places, to surf from store to store, aimlessly, yet breathing and thinking of nothing except for putting one foot infront of the other.
This has happened to me as a teacher as well, that moment snuck up on me on an ordinary day where things just were not working and I knew a break was needed. For me, for the students, for the room to clear the air so we could all start over again. How many of us haven’t had that time where our tricks didn’t work? Where our glorious lesson fall apart? Where there is nothing going right and we know we either start to get angry with the students or we just take a moment. A moment to breathe, a moment to step out if possible, a moment is all we need.
So this school year, I will take those moments if needed. I have found that with the way I teach they are very far and few in between, however, now with the addition of sleep deprivation who knows what will happen. I hope you allow yourself to take those moments as well, to realize that you are human, that you cannot solve, soothe, or fix everything all by yourself. That it is ok to call in the troops, that it is ok to step away. As long as you return, after all, it should just be a moment you need.