Rest Time.

“Rest time” is a reward on one of my students’ behavior interventions, and get this — the kid always picks playing with Legos over resting. What is he thinking?!

After school today, I decided to run to the grocery store to grab some items to make fried rice (I’ve been dying to use my new rice cooker — so good!). After checking out and stopping to get the mail and everything else, it was almost 7pm. I put my pajamas on (because I always put my pajamas on as soon as I get home from school — seriously, my life is either business casual or sleepwear) and made dinner, and then just sat. Literally, I just sat on the couch, relaxed, talked to my mom, and watched an episode of Parks and Recreation. Now, here I am in the same spot, and I still haven’t finished anything I wanted to for school tonight.

Despite this, I’m not upset with my choice to relax and not do work. Will my students still learn tomorrow if I don’t finish grading these multiplication quizzes? Yes, I certainly hope so. Will I really benefit from pouring over this writing lesson that is already scripted for me (I’m loving the Being a Writer program for third grade) that I’m teaching tomorrow? Meh, maybe, but you know what’s even more important? My mental health.

In this very moment, I am realizing how much I need to prioritize what I do outside of my classroom walls. There is a time and a place for working outside of the workplace, but tonight, I think I’ll just sip my green tea in my flannel snowmen pajamas on the couch and read some CS Lewis.

And you know what? I’m okay with that.


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