If you want to experience significant progress towards your goal, you need to be intentional about the work you’re doing every day.
We started out this year with what we call a work week. School is closed and spend each day exploring various aspects of our upcoming year as well as our over reaching goals as a school. This year we are implementing an umbrella project about The Charles River – which is next to our school – so spent a fair amount of time not only talking about what an umbrella project is, but exploring the actual river itself. We talked about how to welcome trans-gendered families into our classrooms – which led me to face the reality of my own lack of knowledge on how I can be an ally. We also created a classroom intention with our co-teachers.
I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me. – Tracee Ellis Ross
This is my second time having a “work week” and I am realizing now more than ever before the value in doing so. I was able to not only put my intentions down onto paper, but to talk about ways to make those intentions a reality. I could think about ways to change my language surrounding gender to be more inclusive – I could think about ways to involve families in our Charles River Project – I could rearrange our classroom to reflect the values my co-teachers and I share. We were able to take our more abstract wishes for the classroom, and turn them into something tangible.
This is my sixth year of teaching, and the first year I have felt at ease before the first day of school. There are many factors that play into that – it is the same classroom as I was in last year, which has never happened before, which means I already know what works and what doesn’t in this space. I have co-teachers I have worked with before that I know I work well with.
But above all else, I think it is knowing I have concrete ways to really live my intention that is making this year feel like it will be magnificent.
It is one thing to value independence, risk taking, exploration of nature, following a child’s interests, family involvement…and it is an entirely different thing to live it.
I hope to stay accountable to myself and my intentions. Am I living what I say I value? I wonder if having this physical, concrete visual in our classroom will help me stay accountable with myself.
I suggest taking time to decompress. Take a breathe. Then think about your intentions and how you plan to implement them. From the tiny details to the big ideas – what do you hope to accomplish this year?