It’s that time of year again. Summer is drawing to a close and it’s time to go back to school. As a teacher, I get to relive those back to school feelings every year. Be it excitement to see friends again, anxiety of upcoming tests, the pure agony of those early, early mornings or sadness at the end of another summer; these are some of the tracks that will be helping me ease myself back into school life.
The Cure – Last Day of Summer
Time to mourn the end of the summer holidays, wave goodbye to late mornings and lazy days. It’s term time baby. Set that 6am alarm and don’t press snooze. OK, you can press snooze but only once.
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
Actually, this song is pretty much applicable throughout the year. Monday mornings are the hardest. I have to drag myself out of bed and I’m still not awake after a shower or coffee. Usually by Monday lunchtime I’m starting to become human, until then it’s Zombie Teacher survival mode.
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
It’s not only the early mornings, the start of term sees the to-do list multiply with planning and printing and laminating and cutting and, and, and… sometimes I just have to remind myself in full Gloria Gaynor karaoke style that I CAN and WILL do it.
Jack Black – School of Rock
We can all dream of being that life changing teacher who manages to bring together the students to overcome life’s barriers. Aaaand we can keep dreaming. It’s nice though, and for the first few weeks, or maybe even months, the cloud of positivity remains around my head until it starts to drift away…
Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
Because lets face it, what can we really achieve when we are all part of a system? We’re just cogs in the machine… OK so I’m definitely not that pessimistic at all but I had to squeeze this song in, obviously.
Usually I only choose five songs but I just had to get this last one in as a bonus track;
The Replacements – F*ck School
For those harder, more challenging days. Thrash it out! And sing along at full volume! Best save this one for when you get home though….
As usual I am inviting you to share your mixtape within this week’s theme. Make sure you put a link back to this post so I can see it, and use the tag: mixed up mixtape. And a special thanks to those who contributed last week!
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