I have been back in school for two days and it is like I never left.
Seriously. It is like I never left. I came back to cheers and hugs and choruses of I missed you, I prayed for you, you’re back, you’re back, you’re back! and then about a minute or two later I heard, so and so just stepped on my foot, it’s hot out here, are we doing centers later today, did you know my birthday is only one hundred and forty-six days away, I’m so tired because we got a new cat and it sleeped (yes, sleeped) with me and kept me up all night.
Man, I missed them.
But today I’m talking about Take Off Tuesday.
This is something new my team and I are trying out. We’ve been doing it for about . . . oh . . . well . . . three weeks maybe. And I wasn’t even there for the last one.
But what we’ve been trying to do is take off! Right away! The bell rings, we walk our kids out, we grab our stuff and we go home.
As in, we go home right after dismissal.
I KNOW! I didn’t even know there was such a thing! Because I stay. I stay every day! (Unless I’m getting my hair done and, let’s face it, that trumps all.)
Seriously though, I have been teaching first grade for 18 years. EIGHTEEN YEARS, people! And after 18 years, you’d think I could just leave every day after dismissal. Surely I’ve got this down. Surely I could do this with my eyes closed!
But no. There’s always something new (Common Core this time around) and there’s always something I want to try and I always want to change something and I always end up talking and socializing and I am always just there.
Now, I do get that I don’t have kids so I don’t have daycare issues or baseball practice issues or violin issues or ballet issues or even cooking issues (thank you, Steve). But one of my teammates has four boys (FOUR!) from the ages of 12 down onto 3 . . . and she stays, too. Sometimes, she does leave at dismissal, but then she comes back and all of her boys are in her room and she’s hustling around doing all her stuff.
And then we take stuff home.
And this is day after day after day.
Which is fine. I love my job. I am not mad about this at all. I’m not even saying it needs to change.
I’m just saying we’re trying something new called Take Off Tuesday. And we’re supposed to Take Off immediately after school.
And that, my friends, is very hard for me. First, I have to put out morning work. Change calendar. Change the date on the whiteboard. Rotate the center cards. Move the clips for the playground balls. Check a table group’s journals. Pull stuff out for tomorrow . . . and then, maybe then, I can go. I just don’t want to walk in to my room the next morning and feel already frazzled. I just can’t do it. So maybe after I do all that other stuff, I can go.
Today, I made it out at 3:40.
Dismissal is at 3:00.
So that’s something. When I texted Steve to tell him I was already home, his response was WHOA.
I KNOW! I said. (Never mind that my cart is full of stuff for me to do while I sit on the couch and watch the Dr. Phil special about Kim Richards from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills while I have a snack or two or three — anyone else gonna watch?)
We do have a couple of teachers at our site that leave every day at dismissal.
And I’m just mystified by it.
I don’t get it.
So do you leave right away? Or do you camp out? Are there certain things you have to do before you can leave for the day, too?
I’m not alone, am I??
Because as much as I’d like Take Off Tuesday to become a movement, I just don’t know if I can commit to it every Tuesday . . .