I realize it is winter in the northeast U.S. I am not expecting miracles or tropical weather. But I feel like we have had a longer than usual stretch of days not having much sunshine. Many have been gray and dreary. It is a challenge, both for teachers and students when the weather is like this. The enthusiasm and energy in the classroom is not quite the same. It is easy to get into a post-vacation rut, knowing that it will be awhile before another long break. Sometimes, the occasional snow day offers a respite and a day to ‘catch up’. This January has not been snowy in NJ (save for one Saturday early this month). I cannot complain about the temperatures, since it has been fairly mild for January (lots of days in the 40’s). My chief complaint is the lack of sun. I am a fairly high-energy teacher who is pretty much always moving around my classroom. I don’t have quite the level of stamina I normally have. My students don’t seem to, either. I blame the sun (or lack thereof). Mother Nature needs to cut us some slack. I’ll take temperatures in the 20’s or 30’s if it meant a little more sunshine. And, if she is taking requests, I wouldn’t mind a snow day or two before spring break.
The weather forecast for the week - strong wind advisory and rain, more rain. Holding out hope for Wednesday, the one day that has sunshine in the forecast. In the meantime, I will likely need an extra cup or two of coffee to maintain my energy. Only 55 days until spring.