As the year comes to a close, I find myself reflecting. 2011 brought continued budget cuts and with that, increased class sizes, fewer people for services such as special education, Reading Recovery, Title 1, gifted and talented programs, and school readiness. Additionally, we all wait in fear that our music and arts programs will be cut. We struggle daily to still meet high standards and complete stacks and piles of paperwork.
Will 2012 be more of the same? Failed attempts to raise funds? Exhausted teachers? Decreased confidence in the public school system? I don't think so.
I think 2012 will bring the healing of our spirits and confidence. We will realize that, although tired, we survived all the bad news of 2012. We can handle more than we thought, and with grace. The exhaustion, anger, and frustration will give way to hope, confidence, and renewed joy of the job. I already feel my spirits lifting and look forward to returning to school.