2018 is here! Happy New Year!
As I sat home last night with my two dogs and 1.5 cats (Ellie was around somewhere, I suppose) waiting for my teenagers to come home from parent-chaperoned parties, I scrolled through Instagram.
I’ve done that a lot over break. Probably too much.
As much as love the written word, I love the images more. The whole “a picture speaks a thousand words” concept, you know?
I enjoy seeing the happiness of others – my extended family, my work friends, people I don’t even know – celebrating major life events.
Sometimes, I admit, it leaves me thinking, “What would I put on one of those trendy felt-boards if I owned one?”
What if I owned one when I was me ….20, 18, 12, or 8 years ago?
Would I have jumped on the felt-board bandwagon?
Would my life have been captured in public posts announcing the biggest moments of my life?
I’m sure it would have been.
We all want to share our happiness, our joy, and our life-changing moments with the world.
But what if my happiness this past year was different than yours?
What if the things you celebrated seemed like tiny accomplishments or things you wouldn’t carefully spell out on a felt-board, but they made you feel good just the same?
We are all in our own seasons of life, and all the things that make each season exciting are going to look a little different in photos and on felt-boards.
It doesn’t mean my 2017 was less than, or greater than, yours.
My 2017 was just different.
I suspect my 2018 will be exactly the same – different.
May your 2018 be felt-board worthy, if not on Instagram, then simply in your heart.
Yesterday we went back to school for one day. Today is a snow day. Tomorrow is the weekend.We will try again next week.
I am, as any teacher is, thrilled to be home today – even if my puppy still doesn’t understand the concept of sleeping in. I was able to make a hot breakfast and now I have time to blog before I venture out in the snow to pick up the kids for the weekend.
All that to say…I am anxious to get the 2014 ball rolling in my classroom. It’s not a new school year, but a new semester and I discovered a few things during break that made me rethink and revamp my plans and my teaching ideas.
Sometimes I feel like I have commitment issues as I change strategies, routines, and techniques. But as I’ve fully embraced the ideas I’m about to try in my Resource Room and wrap my brain about how I’m going to pull this off and how it’s going to make things better in my classroom, I know that it’s not about being wishy-washy.
It’s about progress. It’s about finding things that work and inspire. Not just for the kids, but for me.
When I get to the point that my lesson plans are boring me to death, then I know that my kids must have gotten bored way before that.
So instead of saying, “For the love, Melanie…pick something and stick with it”…I find myself saying, “Oh man, they are going to love this.”
I admit, it’s not an easy sell all the time. Kids like things to be comfortable. But I know, from my small group, that they secretly enjoy the change-ups and the new ideas.
Yesterday I started with just a few new things….a new writing journal and a modified version of the strategy called Say Something.
Before we dove in though, I told them, in genuine, nerdy excitement about the reading and research I did over break…to help them.
“Wait! You did what? You did research on Christmas vacation? OMG!” is what I hear.
What I imagine them saying in their heads: “Thank goodness! Something new!! You’re the best teacher EV-ER!”
Throughout class, I heard things like:
“Did you get this from that book you read?”
“Is this from your ‘research’?”
“Is this one of your new tricks?”
I loved that they were being very attentive, trying to catch me doing something new.
Excitement breeds excitement. If I’m not excited about what I’m teaching, how will my students ever be excited?
How often do you change things up in your classroom?
What are you excited about trying second semester?
Did you do any “research” over break?
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