I have the greatest job in the world: I teach! I get to work with students. I get to see children learn new things. I get to hear them think. I get to laugh, have fun, inquire, and explore with them. Every day, I get to do what I love, and that makes me happy!
But this week, I feel a lot less happy. The problem is that this has nothing to do with the students. We’re getting to that point in the school year where negativity seems to multiply: between staffing, classroom assignments, class building, and report cards, the stress level increases and the positivity decreases. It’s easy to get immersed in the problems, and it’s easy to forget why we teach: for the kids!
I don’t want to end the year angry and upset though. I want to keep focused on the students, which I also know, will keep me focused on being happy. So on my drive home tonight, I thought about my vice principal, Kristi’s, #gratitude challenge from the end of March. I want to try something a little bit different though.
From now until June 27th (our last day of school), I hope that everyone will send at least one tweet a day celebrating learning, thinking, and/or student successes/accomplishments. There’s no one right way to do this! Let’s just make the final weeks of school #AboutTheKids. Whether you’re an educator, administrator, parent, or student, let’s all chime in with our positive moments and things to celebrate. I know that this will make me smile.