This week I read Amy Ellerman’s post, Time for a Shift. As she always does, Amy pushed me to think and reflect on my practice (both personal and professional). In this post, Amy says (and asks) things like:
-Learning is energy giving, for kids and for us.
-What must we hold sacred every day to ensure that learners grow?
-What are some ways we might shift our own self-talk (and the teacher-to-teacher talk that happens in our buildings) to protect this sacred learning time?
I have also experienced the negative self- talk and teacher-to-teacher talk that pushes us to give up on some of our most important goals and dreams for kids. The “I can’ts” or “not during a pandemic” or “not with all the other stuff that needs to get done” talk can be energy draining instead of energy giving.
It’s easy to fall into this pit of despondence and despair, but I want to fight it and find ways to hold true to the work I have signed up for – to teach and to learn.
I’m going to start by setting some goals for my upcoming vacation. It would be easy to say I’m tired and I just need a break from everything, but I want to learn. I want to read and write. I want to move forward. I want to be positive. I want to give and receive energy. So….I am going to commit to Amy’s 25 hours of reading and writing this week. I do realize that Amy is doing this IN ADDITION to her full time job and life, but I thought it would be a good start!
Thank you, Amy, for pushing me in this direction!