A friend of mine said the other day, "I blinked and missed August." The whole summer seemed to pass by that swiftly and my eyes were wide open. I have been on hiatus from the blog not because this summer was a time of half-lidded leisure. Rather it was as blindingly busy as it ever is during the school year. I even skipped a traditional summer's week off, using the time I had set aside to work on a research article instead. Being in the education profession my whole adult life (and a student up until then), I had been programmed to think summers were slower, lighter, more casual. For the past several years that has not been true. But this was the first summer I did not expect it to be slower. So, for once, I was not unpleasantly surprised.
I know administrators and teachers who feel the same way. Labor Day is no longer the threshold between the cabana and classroom. This summer I facilitated three professional development sessions for the schools we work in. Many schools have already started and are in full swing. We may not be going to school year round yet, as many argue we should, but there is a war of attrition that the advocates of summers off (are there any that are not students?) are losing. So here is wishing you the best as you start another school year that never actually ended. "Let's be careful out there."