The Calm Before the Storm
There is a certain meditative sense to sitting in a school library early in the morning just days before school begins. It feels relaxing and surprisingly calm; if I were to walk down the hallway to my (still unpacked) classroom, I would not feel nearly so at ease. Instead, I would feel the pressure of urgency, the necessity to continue making checklists in order to accomplish all that needs doing before the students arrive.
And so, I choose to come to the library and surround myself with quiet and contemplation, at least for a few more moments. In a brief handful of days, students will again inundate Germantown Academy, and we will be off, heads down in the throws of the race, until we look up to catch a breath sometime in October.
I enjoy this quiet now in order to clearly plan my goals for the year, to identify what is truly important to accomplish with my students. The hustle and the stress is not there (yet), and I relish the newness that stands before me.
It is with this peace that I look forward to beginning another school year.