17 February 2022
Counting down the Days
There are exactly 8 days left until March break! (This was written on Wednesday February 16th) I am so excited because this year more than ever we really need the break. Not just teachers, but students too.
We all need to disconnect, shut down, and just let our minds be for some time. Many other professions do not get the same kind of vacation time that educators receive, but let me tell you that without the down time, we may not be able to provide the kind of rich experiences we currently do for students. When educators are on, they are really ON! We’ve always said that they wear so many hats, but now even more so.
COVID has brought out the importance of strong mental health to the forefront so at least it’s not a stigma to talk about it anymore, but what that means is that everybody wants to talk and get support.
Once a month, I sit on a call with other educators from all girls schools that are part of the National Coalition of Girls School (NCGS) and we discuss hot topics in girls’ schools. Just yesterday, we were talking about mental health and what we are noticing amongst our students. Many agreed that students are hesitant to join clubs and activities for fear they will close down again, while others are just no longer sure how to interact socially in person. They are so used to being on their phones that just looking someone else in the eye can be daunting.
So, what can we do, how can we help when we too are feeling the strain and the loss. What if we are not up to being the cheerleaders right now and our pom poms need a rest?
There is no right or wrong and there is no easy answer because everyone is dealing with the pandemic and this emotional roller coaster in their own way.
For me, the March break is keeping me motivated and I hope that things will continue to get better. Once we hit the month of March, the days get longer, the sun shines brighter, and we all find a little more pep in our step.
I know that there are still going to be hard days, even challenging weeks ahead, but I’m also optimistic that with the arrival of spring and good weather, things will get better.
I have seen incredible resilience over the last two years and to quote Kelly Clarkson, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Wishing you all the kind of March break you deserve!