Welcome back! Hopefully this newsletter finds you happily and healthily into the start of another new year.
Isn’t it interesting that, as teachers, we get to experience two “new years”; we get the one in December that the rest of the world gets, and we also get this one, the one happening right now as the school year begins anew. And, although maybe not consciously, it could be argued that we bring many of the same traditions and feelings to the beginning of this “new year” that we do to that other new year. Think about it…
We make resolutions:
This year I WILL grade and get all my papers back to students within the same week!
We see hope and possibility:
I can’t wait to meet all my new students this year and change their lives!
Hey fellow staff members, let’s all go out to the coffee shop/bar and have a couple of lattes/tasty beverages to really start this year off right!
We look back on the year that has passed:
Holy cow, last year was amazing/terrifying. I hope this year is just as good/waaaay better.
Also similar to the other, more traditional New Year, it’s often difficult to find the necessary time to reflect on what the past year really meant for us. Often, we get busy right away declaring what we’re going to do in this upcoming year and/or reporting out what happened in the last year. That can make it hard to find the time to think about the significance the last year held for us relative to our own growth, learning and personal “ah-ha” moments. We’re so focused on what the year was (Good? Bad? ) that we rarely ask ourselves What did I learn? or How did I grow?