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End-of-vacation anxiety

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Isn't it amazing how the quality of one's winter vacation inversely correlates with the amount of work completed?

It's Saturday night in Washington, D.C. I return to New Mexico tomorrow. My two week vacation is over. And here I am, desperately planning my third quarter agenda, writing lesson plans, piecing together math homework and wondering if I should procrastinate by writing a quick blog entry.

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One thing I have noticed in over twenty years of teaching is that those who learn to pace themselves definitely have a better time and also are rejuvenated enough to be able to be better teachers.

If you serve as a role model of someone who never has any fun, who never enjoys time with her loved ones, and who works until she drops every day, then what do your kids have to look forward to?

There are systemic reasons why teaching is undervalued, starting with how Americans pay for education (mainly local property taxes) and how education is paid for on a national basis after war activities and other parts of the budget are safely taken off the table. This undervaluation of our efforts as teachers is one of the reasons for the burn-out you see in some of your fellow teachers.

My philosophy is to get up every day happy to be doing whatever you have set out before you. If this is not the case, rearrange your life so that your life, your life's work, and your paying job are in alignment.

Luckily for you, you have the type of job that where this is possible. Just be sure to keep rejuvenating yourself.

Happy 2007!

Hello Ms Shyu,
I have taught for 30 years on the Dine Nation and find that when students are given a chance to record the stories of their families, in Dine or English, they get interested in reading and writing. I enjoy your information and go to it when I can. Right now I am putting the curriculum together for Dine History and Government. Several teachers come together here in Window Rock or wherever they choose to put our plans on paper. It is a daunting task as there is so much information. I was born in Ganado, my mom was a registered nurse and my dad a BIA maintenance man. We attended parochial schools and had friends in the public schools. Even with 8 of us sharing clothes, books, fun, and food, it was hard on my parents. My dad would read to us in the evenings from his GED books and learned by love of reading from him.

Caffeine has also been linked with nervousness so it might be worth attempting to do without having ordinary tea coffee and coke to determine if that makes a difference.

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