Today my school is hosting its largest Admission Event of the season. Each year, dozens (perhaps hundreds) of families from in and around Boston descend on our parking lot and cruise through our hallways catching glimpses of the daily life of the students. In a parallel universe, teachers in the classrooms, and hiding away in the nooks and crannies of the study spaces, work tirelessly to complete lesson plans, start their end of term comment writing, make finals, grade last minute assignments and prepare to grade finals just created. This week is the stuff of nightmares! We have to be engaged and engaging to our prospective new families and to our current students who are heading into final exams and we have to do our best to tackle the mountain of work in exactly 7 days when all the due dates converge! Yet, despite the frenzy, I am feeling super grateful today. This place is so special to me because of the way it approaches teachers, grows teachers, nurtures relationships, shares curriculum content, and challenges and loves its students. Yes, I might be a shut-in this weekend but there are so many awesome moments that make-up for the onslaught of grading ahead of me.
My goal this week which I am putting out there in the world is to have no lingering work over the week of Thanksgiving. My goal is to leave my laptop behind and take a full week off after this mania. And I write this now while I could be working on my work…..so procrastination is real, but now the need to get started feels more real.
Also, a dear friend had a baby this morning and how can you not feel grateful when life welcomes a new human to the world!! Cheers!!