Reality for me is those 180 days spent planning and teaching and assessing in Kindergarten.
Un-Reality for me is the other 185 days that I can spend dreaming about what to do when Reality comes back around.
And lucky for you, because you get to see what my Un-Reality is all about!
Last week I went searching on Amazon for some new professional books to read. My first objective was to find a book about Guided Math. Check! But then, I just got carried away with all the other exciting possibilities. I ended up getting 4 professional books in the mail today and began poring over them immediately.
One book I flipped through pretty quickly had a few good ideas, mostly organizational type stuff. But the second one I picked up, oh goodness, I couldn't put it down!
Page after page filled my mind with so many new ideas to try. I am thinking of daily sign-ins and graphs and letter games and interactive homework books and so on and so on. I got a little overwhelmed and had to put the book down and walk away. After I composed myself, Reality kind of started to sink in for a moment.
You see, Un-Reality dares me to forget about collecting lunch money and writing field trip reciepts. Un-Reality allows me to forget about fundraisers and fire drills. Un-Reality encourages me to forget about tired feet and early mornings. Reality says, "You just won't be able to do it all!" And, while that's true, I can't help but continue to dream some more.
Yep, I'll keep dreaming. I'll keep dreaming because it's those dreams that take teaching from ordinary to extraordinary.
So I say to Reality, "I'll see YOU on August 10th." Until then, I'll continue reading and thinking and dreaming about what all I want to try in Kindergarten next year.