The end of a school year is a circus.
As teachers, we can fight it or we can embrace it.
I am now embracing the big top and all of the eccentric things that can happen under it.
Students? They are the audience after all. If it wasn’t for them, there wouldn’t be a show in the big top. Some do not like the show and are vocal about it. Some sneak out of the show never to be seen again. Some are there because they are waiting for the circus treats. Some are there to socialize with the animals – who may, in fact, be other students. Some cheer, some yell, some cry and some are silently waiting until the circus comes to a close.
Teachers? They are the performers. Some are masters at walking the tightrope. Some are clowns, laughing and making the last days seem like a hilarious joy ride. Some are the lion tamers. They make sure all is well under the big top for the final performance, and navigate all of the hoops with ease. There is the bearded lady who is counting down the minutes to summer and a good facial. There is the strong man who willingly holds down the audience and makes sure they stay in their seats until the end of the show. There are the trapeze artists (like me and The Captain) who feel as if they are on solid ground and the next moment feels the rush of the floor free-falling beneath them. Swinging and balancing in the air until the final details are complete. And lastly, there is the tired ringleader, who is hoping for a smooth and serious ending to a lengthy run.
Staff? They are the tireless crew. Some make sure the big top is successfully taken down, some clean the big top after the audience leaves and some ensure the big top will rise again. Without the crew, the circus would not go on. They are the planners, and the ones in the background who make things run. Even though they are out of the spotlight, they make things happen.
All that is left is the circus dog, and a good trapeze artist always has one of these at home.
The circus will return, the performance will resume with a new audience, new faces and new tricks.
And that is the power of the big top.
***A brief side note: This post is dedicated to one of the crew who has made my life as a teacher in my district wonderful. He is the behind-the-scenes in all areas dealing with technology, and has taught me more than I can ever repay. He is making a career move, and he will be greatly missed by me and the rest of the circus we call a district.