As I’ve blogged about before, I really admire my principal, Paul Clemens, and his ability to always stay positive. Our new vice principal, Kristi Keery-Bishop, is another very positive role model in the school, and I’ve decided that I really want to work on always having a positive attitude.
I go to school every morning with a smile on my face. I love my job! Truthfully, I’m happiest in the classroom. My students are fantastic, and I always continue to be amazed at what they share, how they interact with each other, and how much they’ve learned. When these “a-ha moments” happen in class, I break out into a big grin, and I remember again about how much I love to teach.
I don’t just feel this way with my own group of Grade 5’s and 6’s. As a Junior teacher at the school, I’m fortunate to provide six periods of prep coverage a week: from JK-Grade 4. I teach Health and Media Literacy, and I love doing both. I’ve really worked hard at using inquiry with all of the students, and it’s amazing to see the students excited to learn and eager to ask questions. Every day I have fun, every day I learn something new, and every day I have a lot to smile about!
But teaching, just like other professions I’m sure, has a lot that happens behind the scenes. It’s the politics of teaching that can sometimes make me feel less than positive. I don’t like feeling this way. So for the next nine months of this school year, and for hopefully numerous months past that, I’m determined to stay smiling. Here’s my plan:
- I’m going to take a few minutes at the end of every day (and maybe some time over the nutrition breaks) to look over my daily tweets of student learning. Seeing what students are doing and sharing makes me happy, and this is a good reminder about why I should keep smiling.
- I’m going to take regular opportunities to peruse the nice notes, emails, and blog post comments that I’ve received from parents, teachers, and administrators over the years. Reading happy things makes me happier too!
- I’m going to surround myself (whenever possible) with positive people. This may mean making choices about where to eat and when to leave group discussions.
- I’m going to enjoy every minute that I have in the classroom every day with every one of my students. I’m going to have fun, learn lots, and remember that I teach because of every one of the students in that room.
- I’m going to continue to have fun during bus duty. We have lots of buses at our school, and each has a different animal name. As the Primary Bus Duty Teacher, I get to dismiss the students from the gym. I love having the “bear bus” growl at me each day and the “parrot bus” fly their way home. Letting the “little monkeys” onto the Monkey Bus first, also makes me chuckle. 🙂 It’s good when duty time can be fun time!
- I’m going to continue sharing ideas both online and in-person (at the school level) to help people see that there’s more to what I do that just “teach technology.” I’m going to remember that change takes time but it can happen.
- I’m going to remind myself that I’m a good teacher that cares about students and wants to see student success. This doesn’t make me perfect, and I’ll continue to learn new ways to help support students. With this reminder though, I’m not going to let comments from others make me feel like less of a teacher.
I don’t know if this is the perfect plan, but it’s my plan for now, and I’m dedicated to making this work. How do you stay positive? How are you going to “keep smiling” throughout this school year? I’d love to hear your ideas!