08 August 2012
How Healigan got her DRIVE back
Instead, I was reminded of how critical the flow is to me. I believed that my teacher-mind needed rest. I was so wrong!
I had planned to spend the summer reading, what I wanted, when I wanted. No need to concentrate, focus, work to a goal. NADA. That's how English teachers relax... and prepare, simultaneously. But life intervened, and so I was forced to remember that other activities might be what I really needed this summer. I needed to remember what motivated me to jump on stage every morning, dance in front of my classes all day and then go home and read 25 essays--well. Teaching requires equal parts of performance art and scholarly study, which do not always balance themselves without a long lasso of discipline and unrelenting focus. But after the tough year that I had, how was I to remember how to get into the zone?