By Ryan Csajko
Roll out the balls and be so jolly Fa la la la la, la la la la
‘Tis the season to lazy, Fa la la la la, la la la la
Although this is a play on words of the song “Deck the halls,” unfortunately it is the season where teachers begin a slippery slope downward in their craft. It certainly is the season where germs are spread, the climate is colder, and it becomes more difficult to get out of bed. This “jolly” time of year can also be a stressful financial time for everyone: students, parents, teachers, and community members. Aside from health and financial problems, there are many different stressors that can bring a teacher to his/her knees, to look for the “easy” way to teach.
As a physical education teacher, I have heard colleagues say “It’s THAT time of year!Lets just roll out some basketballs and let them play.” While I agree, it certainly is THAT time of year, I do not agree with “rolling out the balls.” EVER! No matter how sick, stressed or tired I can be, that mentality is not beneficial for a number of reasons...
***The thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own. It is written with the intent to drive instruction towards the best learning environment possible. At the end of the day, we are in the business of educating children, and we are all in this TOGETHER. Let’s continue to grow our profession, and be proud that you are a teacher!