So I wrote and published the above last night. Then this morning, after I had arrived at school, I was thinking about it more and had an epiphany which totally changed my mood. This morning I was kind of in a dark place and for the first time this year, not excited about school, which made me more upset. So I said to myself, literally out loud in the parking lot, “why do I let others empty my bucket?” And that was it. I smiled, stood up straighter and had to start whistling a song that had been stuck in my head (I am terrible with music so don’t ask me the name. The tune is just very catchy).
I remembered that:
- I have great kids this year. We are comfortable with each other, laugh every class, and have no problem joking around.
- I have tried completely non-traditional methods in my classroom and every one of them has been well received by the students, administration and parents.
- The classroom is a warm, comfortable learning environment (as was expressed by my principal in my post-conference and in my observation) where every student, regardless of ability or desire, is welcomed.
- In this space students are encouraged to Dare to Fail and given the support they need to do so in a collaborative working environment.