Give yourself a goal.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? What do you want to learn this year?
We are wrapped up in student learning goals, their presence and the pressure around them, that sometimes we forget to think about our own learning. We forget to sit back and think deeply about our professional development. We also forget to take care of ourselves–personally and professionally.
I know we have observations, but they aren’t daily or weekly–usually.
So, I challenge you to give yourself a goal. Create a weekly or monthly goal for yourself. Create a singular goal for yourself. Do something that enhances your work. Do something that ensures you operate at an optimal level.
Say: This year I will . . .
- make sure to complete all my lesson plans by Thursdays, so I can go home right away on Friday 😉
- collaborate with another teacher on a reading unit
- make sure that my student folders have two items per month
- attend one professional development training, of my choosing, that is outside my comfort zone
- schedule tests on different days, not just Fridays
- park in the last spot to get more steps in
- only allow one day a week to work and eat lunch, every other day I will just eat lunch
- create a more diverse classroom library
The goal does not have to be lofty, or even completely teaching-centered.
What I desire is a goal that provides you the opportunity to enliven your personal and/or professional experience. Whatever that looks like for you, whatever you decide, I support you. So, go ahead, think of something–and go for it.
This is the time in the school year where I am most reminded, most excited, most content about teaching.
I teach for right now, this moment, when I can sit back and look at my students and marvel at their progress.
This is the time of year when I am most reminded of the purpose, beauty, and benefits of teaching. My students each year were different people at the end of the year, my class was completely different from the first day of school. My students were more mature, more independent, and more lively at the end of the year. I would look at their work I had saved during the first couple of weeks and compare it to now, the end of the year, and feel accomplished and proud–not just of them, but of myself. We had come a long way, we had achieved so much.
Teaching is hard. It is exhausting. It can be trying. At the end of the year, during those final weeks, I am reminded that I teach in order to grow and help others grow. That duty, and that service, is challenging and rewarding; so, I keep teaching, I keep choosing this amazing profession.
Teacher Appreciation Week is one week away!!
May 6-10, 2019
If you’re not a teacher, or if you’re the teacher involved in planning Teacher Appreciation Week, here are some celebration suggestions:
- Thank you cards from your child/students
- Thank you card from yourself–find that long lost teacher, and thank them
- We all have one teacher we can recall with great love; find them and tell them
- Encourage teachers to thank one another at their school–teachers teach and mentor each other constantly, that kindness and collaboration should be celebrated
- Volunteer at your local school/get extra volunteers at your school
- Go to a local coffee shop, restaurant, or any other business–ask them to donate a gift card, discount, or service to teachers; or, have them offer something special during Teacher Appreciation Week at your school
- Bring coffee and bagels one morning to your local school
This is just a small list, but it’s a start–if you have any ideas, or success stories, make sure to share them too!