It’s that time of year. I’m tired. My cofacilitator is tired. My learners are tired. At this point pre-snowpocalypse, we would only have about six weeks of school left, but with all of those extra days that we have to make up, we are looking eight weeks in the face. I don’t know what happens between Spring Break and Summer Break, but something just feels off. And when learners don’t want to do the work, this facilitator gets discouraged.

I just can’t help it. I put so much of my heart and my soul into these kids and my classroom, and yet, I’ve found myself falling into the distracted teacher trap. Today, one of my learners looked at me and said, “Mrs. Bazyk, are you okay? You just seem off.” She looked up at the ceiling and went on, “Actually, you’ve been a little off for a couple of weeks. You’re always on your phone. Are you stressed? It’s really bothering me.”

Woah, I thought. Put the brakes on. She’s worried about me because I’m on my phone too much? What?!? But, I thought about it, and she’s totally right. I have been distracted. I have been checking my phone a lot. I have been a little bit stressed. It’s all true. While I absolutely abhor being wrong, I do know when it’s time to fess up. I haven’t been on my game lately, and it’s time for me to get back into it.

I’ve been pretty distracted, but that’s okay, because there is always tomorrow. And tomorrow, I promise to do better. So, don’t let too much distraction get you down; we can always bounce back. Make the last eight weeks of school count. I know that’s what I’m going to do!

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