March. In public schools it's the worst month. It's go go go from the first day, we have state-mandated testing, kids are getting spring fever, and we have to "spring forward", causing a week of everyone in school being slightly off, either too sleepy or overly hyper. On top of that, in Massachusetts we have the false illusion that spring is coming, and in fact, it can feel that way - 75 degrees and sunny one day, blustery and cold and the threat of a snowstorm the next. April vacation is nowhere in sight. You have spring cleaning fever but no time to do it.
Luckily, I work with the best people ever. Some of these people took it upon themselves to Make March Better by coming up with silly themed days. On "Finger Mustache Day" we were invited to put fake tattoo mustaches on our index fingers. The students were more than a little confused when teachers kept putting their index fingers over their lips and showed polka dot mustaches, striped mustaches, curly mustaches, and even red mustaches.
They also organized a "Loud" Day, and were encouraged to wear that loud piece of clothing you have in your closet and never had the occasion to wear. We saw lots of funny and awesome combinations that day, again vaguely confusing the students who were half paying attention.
On the Monday after springing forward (last Monday), we were blessed with what was basically a keg of hot coffee. It was just what we needed to help us through the day.
With 2 weeks to go of this month, I can't wait to see what my colleagues have in mind to keep our spirits up.
Another awesome colleague, Patrick, organized a spring after school celebration at his house. Just a time to chill together, relax, get over the week, and laugh about teacher things. This is the third time he's opened up his house to us; everyone is invited, and everyone is made to feel at home.
Thanks to my wonderful colleagues, March IS better. And our community is stronger. Our job isn't easy; we need each other to lean on so we can be there for our kids to lean on.