Like many teachers, I do much of my planning for the next year in the summer. In summer, I have been relaxing, spending time with family, and enjoying free time. It's also during summer that I read books and blogs about exciting new teaching ideas. In other words, it's in summer that I sabotage myself for the rest of the year.
Summertime me thinks its a good idea to assign regular writing assignments as well as term papers and tests. She thinks it will be "good for" everyone to read literature she's not yet expert in in order to have good coverage. In short, she's a real jerk to mid-semester me.
The yogic term "Asteya" refers to non-stealing. And while this over-ambitious planning isn't stealing in any traditional sense, I'm starting to conceive of summertime me as stealing time and energy from mid-semester me. Summer me feels ambitious, idealistic and proud, all while sticking it to mid-semester me.
And this is where it gets a little silly. My plan this year is to give my August self a stern talking to--the ghost of semester's past giving her warnings. I put a note in my August calendar saying, "Hey you, no over planning!"
It's also my hope this weekend to write that arrogant summer self a note, reminding her of the good, the bad, and the oppressive from this past semester. Hopefully she listens.