Happy New Year, Friends 😀
It's 2018. Could you believe it?
Have you heard of the "One Little Word" thing?
Watch this video by Ali Edwards to learn more.
I started choosing my OLW in January 2014.
This year will hold my fifth OLW.
My 2018 OLW for my non-teaching life is "arise".
This year I chose to use this same word for my professional life, as well. I chose "arise" for several reasons, but mostly,
I think this word is a vivid reminder for me to pick myself up when circumstances appear to weigh me down.
This 2017-2018 school year has come with some added obligations that I haven't had before. I'm the ELA Professional Learning Community Facilitator. This position in itself has proven to have a very sharp learning curve. Then, we've had some personnel transitions in our department, requiring me to fill in where needed in order to keep everything running smoothly. Then, of course, I have my regular teaching duties that come with its own set of obligations.
With so much coming towards me, it was very easy to just crawl inside a cocoon and check out whenever absolutely necessary. Checking out and living in a cocoon is not what I want, nor does it provide inspiration and excitement that is vital to enduring in our profession.
So this year, just like the butterfly, I hope to arise from that cocoon, move upward when circumstances get heavy.
I think I often worry that the worse scenario is going to happen, therefore I try to be as proactive as possible. But, if I've learned one thing I've learned this, I can't prepare for everything. And, even when the worse thing has happened, things have a way of working themselves out anyway. So, one way to ARISE is to remember everything is going to be ok. Relax.
Also, I plan to "arise" by coming out of my classroom more often and find time to connect with others more. Teaching can become a lonely profession. There's so much to do and so little time to get it all done. So, we use every minute of every day to cram one more thing in. Before we know it, we've been shut in our rooms and haven't lived the day. This word "arise" is a reminder that I need to come out and
live a little during the day.
Another way I plan to "arise" this year in the classroom is to make more time for "fun" and not be chained to all the requirements, and testing, and data, and . . . I think we need to find time to laugh, to create, to chat, and to enjoy our time with the kids and with our colleagues. That should be in the scope and sequence. 😀
One last way I plan to "arise" to allow new, unexpected, and unsolicited obligations to help me grow and increase my skills and craft. I have to admit, learning curves are not fun, and the first thing that comes to mind is, "I don't need this!" But, what if I do need it? What if the struggle is exactly what I need to refine who I am as a person and as a teacher? Quitting is not an option in 2018. I plan to "arise" and keep moving upward.
Well, that's it for now. God Bless!
I hope 2018 brings you love, happiness and peace.