Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Did you know this is an international distress signal? (the origin of which comes from the French word m’aider, which means, “Help me.”) How serendipitous for teachers, as it seems every day in May warrants the use of this call in some form or fashion. Educators agree – May is fraught with distress.
This is when it is important to remember there is strength in numbers. At this time of year, we all need our team or tribe to provide much needed support. To “go it alone” is dangerous, given high tensions and end-of-year stress. Anyone uttering the Mayday signal is hoping to get a response of some type. I am trying desperately to be that response, as I know it is the right thing to do. As an added bonus, when I focus on supporting others, it keeps me from me obsessing over my own woes and issues.
Ever play Red Rover? We hold hands and make a support chain. There is your visual for the next few weeks. Hold hands with your team and be that support. Perhaps, metaphorically playing Red Rover each day will help keep all of our continuous maydays away.