Today is the last day of school. My students are long gone, finals are graded, the gradebook is done, and my classroom is locked up for the summer. When the door closes behind me it feels a bit like this:
Every year, just before I leave, I set aside a moment for reflection. I stand in the middle of my classroom and marvel at how fast the year has gone. I close my eyes and hold the memories close. This is how I say goodbye each year. My classroom is full of so many trials and triumphs. It’s been a difficult year full of change (many of which have me questioning where public education is headed), but it’s also been a year of eyes lighting up and creative minds finding their voice. While the atmosphere outside of my classroom leaves me demoralized in many regards, my students are the reason why I can still say I love my job.
For the next two months I’m free to “scribble” with reckless abandon. Well, more so than usual! I’ll be writing, creating, and listening to my muse with zero distraction. The feeling of total inspiration is a lot like making those vibrant scribbles in my Wreck This Journal. There are no rules and the release is exhilarating! I’ve repeated this exercise a couple of times because it is so cathartic. I highly recommend it for anyone with a stressful job or those who enjoy making a mess of color!
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Try it! Make a page of scribbles and post the picture on your blog. Put the link in my comments section so we can all share in the joy of wild scribbles!
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