Day 78 (of 187) #oneword and the Monday after a break
My #oneword this year is “Mindful” – I want to be aware of what I am doing, why I am doing it as well as how it is being interpreted vs how it was intended
I also want to focus on perspectives. Because the new year often introduces some changes.
Changes in staffing. ✔️
Students moved away. ✔️
(Nature abhors a vacuum so…) Students move in. ✔️
Wondering: what are the new kids going to do/be like…?!? ✔️
People still tired after the winter-break-sleep-schedule. ✔️
Monday after a break being “hard” for some learners. ✔️
And it’s easy to pre-judge: what is the baggage the new student/staff has that may impact the school (they’re part of our learning community, so the baggage doesn’t matter as much as making them feel that they are part of our school)
And as the twittersphere belched a mini-education-debate on whether teachers should always be happy to be at work or if it’s okay for teachers to be happier for the break/weekend/snowday. And being mindful is very important for me in this debate: not every day is going to feel the same. Education is a humbling profession: you can feel like a master-teacher one moment and doubt everything you do the next. So some days can be full of joy and others can be exhausting…. because it’s never fun hearing some shares by students. It’s even worse when you know that families are facing divisions. It’s even worser when you know that there is only so much you are able to do….except be there. Be there for the kids – focusing on the “good stuff”.
This is why I want to focus on being mindful. Modelling calm as best as possible. Touching base with specific students while still wishing a happy new year to all – as I’m not just wondering how some of our learning community are starting the new gear, but how all are doing.
Monday’s after a break are rough – as our absentee date & calls will show – though happily, my usually “sick-the-last-day-of-a-long-weekend/break” son happily-ish went back to school….so we can always remember that tough days don’t mean that every day will be tough. We have to be mindful that every day has its own challenges – and yes – there will be days you feel awesome and days where you can’t wait to get back home…no matter if you are a student or teacher or any member of the learning community!
It’s also why instead of making resolutions that are likely to fail, I like the idea of having a #oneword to think about as I make decisions that will please some but not all and make some angry, but again- not all. My one word for 2019 feels fitting one week (and one school day) in: mindful