I’ve been teaching for 26 years. I’m pretty successful, but my world is often chaotic. I devote most of my energy and thoughts on the students. When I am in the moment with them, I try to be all there. That means I don’t know where my glasses, marker, papers, etc… often are. That leaves me asking students what I did with them. At the very start of my year, I felt a sense of calm. I was provided with a way to make sure I knew what I was doing. The lists of goals, the decisions of where to have items around the classroom, the planning to a much higher level are all probably great for someone who is hyper organized – but that’s not me. Because I had confidence that this program would work, I made myself stick to the plan and it paid off. Last year was one of the smoothest and most confident starts for me in my career. A friend of mine would ask, “What are we doing?” I had my list and my papers where I could find them. It was calming. The rest of the year (particularly the end) was harder to stick to the program, but the information was still good and something I can work in this year. I truly appreciate, and look forward to applying, the skills I was able to use last year. With the lack of certainty, I can make sure that I have it all set up so that flexibility is more calm and easier for me this school year.
Written by Rebecca Hendrix on July 1, 2020