Today was the first official day for instructors at NCSSM. It was a great day of meeting our new colleagues, renewing friendships with others, and catching up on each others' adventures from the summer. The first day back at school can be very inspiring as we prepare for the upcoming academic year.
it can be totally overwhelming.
There is a huge amount of information to process. We have received mountains of e-mails and correspondence. We received calendar information. We received information on updates to the school facility and summer programs. We received details today outlining professional development obligations, academic advisor training, details on class schedules, details on student schedule conflicts, budget details, details on planning for the new NCSSM Morganton campus, training videos, getting our teaching schedule into Google Calendar, and much more. There is just so much.
Sadly, even those of us who can't wait to get back to our work and start the year can get overwhelmed by all of these details.
On top of all of this, the music wing at NCSSM just had new flooring installed and my colleague and I have to move all of the equipment, music, and others stuff from our offices and classrooms back from storage. It is a huge job looming in front of us!
So, today I made a resolution. I decided to only do what I can. I am not going to get so overwhelmed by all of the administrative details of life at NCSSM that I miss the joy of teaching music. I am going to enjoy greeting all of the returning seniors as they return to campus. I am going to enjoy meeting the new juniors. I will think creatively about my curriculum. I will embrace the opportunity to facilitate student learning at every level. I will seek to be a positive force in the lives of my students and colleagues. I will strive to inspire and support my students every day and every class period.
We are so privileged to teach. We are privileged to participate in the lives and development of our students. And, for goodness sake, I make my living as a musician! I am living the dream.
So, while I respect the administrative necessities of life at NCSSM, I can't let them overwhelm me. We have much bigger responsibilities. We have lives to change. Humans to support. People to inspire.
Don't miss the forest for the tress this year as you begin the school year. Our work is too important.