Teach for a few years in a traditional public school setting and the calendar that your life follows will not be the one that many other professions follow.
Sure, a fiscal year does not follow a January – December model, but school years have their own ebb and flow that society has placed upon them.
This year’s graduation class will be the Class of 2019, but this school year is classified as the 2018-2019 school year. It does not seem odd to those who teach school, but with the start of a new calendar year and hearing all of the talk about new beginnings and resolutions, January 1st really is just another day in the whole scheme of things.
At least in the sense that my school year began in August.
On January 1st, the fall semester is not even over yet. Winter weather and hurricanes have even extended that semester’s exam schedule.
On January 1st, I will go back to school and complete lesson units that were started in 2018.
On January 1st, I will still be working to achieve the goals I set out in my PDP which was written and revised early in September of 2018.
On January 1st, I will be grading essays whose grades will be placed into the same pool of grades as essays written and graded in October.
On the first class after January 1st, I will continue to build upon the gains and learning experiences that began early in the school year – or even earlier in previous school years.
The point is that while we as humans may look at January 1st as a new beginning for ourselves wrapped inside of resolutions to better our lives, this teacher tends to look at each August as a chance to implement improvements that have been planned and reflected upon for probably years.
But I will ask that our North Carolina General Assembly to maybe make a resolution to begin to make more investments into our public school system.
Maybe lawmakers and patronized policy wonks could resolve to look at how to put NC back in the national spotlight as a beacon of public school systems.
That might be a good New Year’s resolution if one needed to be made.
But for this teacher, New Year’s Day was last August.