You know, one thing I know about life is that all of us are too busy all the time. Have you noticed this? We are behind at work, there are always things to clean at home, errands to run...and I never quite feel I am "caught up". This state of constant "running around" has left me with this nagging feeling of "I'm never going to get caught up!" that pervades my thinking every day...it leaves a shadow over me. It's exhausting feeling behind schedule all the time.
It occurred to me over the last few days that operating in this deficit model ("I'll never get it all done...I wish I were better at...) is going to wear me down and completely sap the joy out of my life. I have vowed to shift my thinking...no more "I'm running behind" and more "Look how far I've run!"
When I think of the last few weeks, I have had some wonderful things happen in my classroom...those small moments where I know a child discovered something new or felt a sense of accomplishment or got through a struggle. I, personally, have learned so much technology THAT I TAUGHT MYSELF that I certainly shouldn't think about how much more I should have taught the students or how much MORE technology I need to learn! Instead, I am going to let myself simply be excited that there is more out there for me for me to tackle...and I'll get to it when I can.
What triggered this for me? Oddly enough, an article I read from Twitter about teaching writing! I'd love for you all to take a look at it...it inspired me as both a blogger and a teacher about what writing is all about--and what writing is not. I know I use too many ellipses...you may have noticed this as well...and I put too many things in quotation marks..and I don't do any prewriting (probably why my posts aren't always to the point)...and I probably haven't changed the world with a single thing I've written here. But I have been writing from the heart and enjoying it...and there isn't a single 5 paragraph essay among them. If you want something to think about--check it out! Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone.
"I'm not a good writer" article