This is the first summer that I can remember that I am not going to do
anything school related...with the exception of staying on the artsednet!
Last summer I was working 2-3 days all summer long doing "School
stuff"...workshops, writing curriculum for the district etc.
This summer I am doing what I NEED to do for my soul!; not my classroom.
I am exercising every morning at the YMCA. I then relax a bit and then work
in the garage on my metalsmithing. I haven't done that in years! I am
reading books....cleaning out a closet or two....Had my physicals and
checkups! I feel years younger already! I don't really want to go on
vacation either. I just want to stay home and do my art.
Last year, I was more aggressive in saying no to activities that I don't feel
are art curriculum related or specifically promote the art program. I am
very choosey about what I say yes too. I am not the school decorator. The
past couple years my free time has been filled with extra duties that just
sap my thinking process and kill my time to explore ideas. I am trying not
to think about the fall, but I know for my own health, I must focus on what
is best for my students and that in the long run, means I must take care of