A colleague who went to the most recent OSPI convention said she attended a session that described something called the "Ah Moment." No, that's not a typo---we're not talking a Eureka! style "A-ha!" kind of thing. We're talking Calgon-take-me-away-ahhhhh. The idea here is that a person can face anything unpleasant, as long as s/he can see that light at the end of the tunnel: the time when you get to relax and just say "Whew. I made it." The problem is, of course, that too many kids and teachers (and admins) aren't getting that opportunity.
I can't solve that problem tonight. I can only find some solace in my own "Ah.." time, which is Sunday evening. The laundry is done. The dishes are done and the kitchen is clean. My grad school assignments are completed for the week. My grading is caught up. My lesson plans are ready. There are fresh sheets on the bed to slip into in a moment. My school bag is packed for tomorrow and my work clothes are laid out. There is order to the world, if only for a few hours. I just feel like sighing a contented "Ahhhhh."
Let's be careful out there this week.