A few weeks ago, my principal hosted a party at his house as a "pump the teachers up for state testing" kinda thing. At one point in the party, a few other teachers and I were talking about our "dream careers." It's no secret that these days teaching is more demanding than ever before, especially with the new intensity that came with the adoption of Common Core and the looming threat of the challenging PARCC tests that may or may not be adopted next year...I love teaching and love my students, but I know I'm not alone in that on particularly stressful days I find myself sometimes thinking, "Maybe I could be a _____(fill in the blank with less stressful job)..."
Anyways, I decided my "pretend dream career" is a yoga instructor. Come on--they are so calm, they wear comfy clothes, and they get to do yoga all day long. Oh, and they also get to teach something without worrying about learning standards, testing, AYP, RTI, you name it. Of course, I doubt they get health benefits, but this is my fictitious dream world we're talking about here!
It's been a wonderful change of pace for me to create the playlist, plan out the class, and practice yoga with coworkers. More than ever, I am reminded the importance of having an outlet during the workweek that is unrelated to teaching. Sure I have my running and tri training, but I love that this is just a different change of pace. And it gets me doing yoga an extra day of week. Motivation FTW! I don't know why I didn't think of doing this sooner!
Do teachers at your school ever exercise together?