Today is one of my 'long planning' days. It just works out in my schedule that I have a planning period, followed by another planning period, at the end of the day. I love my schedule! My entire team has plans to get out, enjoy the weather, and drink some coffee. We have the cutest little coffee shop down the street and we are going to get some much needed caffeine before we hit the grade books and plan books (because trust me, we still have A LOT to do!).
These impromptu moments remind me how much I appreciate the people I work with. They truly are an outstanding group of people. Teaching middle school students can be one of the most stressful jobs, there is so much drama on top of the rest of the difficulties. My team is filled with mentors for me, people I can go to for different situations and needs. I hope that you have at least one person in your building that you look to for support. If you don't, please talk to me, I'm happy to help in any way that I can, even if we are in different places. We can't do this alone!