|April 2017 Volume XIV Issue IV
I suggest that each professional begins implementation of the EESA by placing the following titles at the top of two separate pages:
- Accomplishments for the 2016-2017 School Year
- Disappointments for the 2016-2017 School Year
Next, take the second piece of paper, tear it into shreds and throw it in the recycling bin. It has been a tough year for many of us and we do not have time to dwell on disappointments. Put the stressful situations out of your mind. Take the high road. You work too hard to focus on the negative.
Instead of spending another moment on the negative, use your time to tell a co-worker how much you appreciate their support and camaraderie. Maybe present them with flowers or a small token representing how you feel. We are surrounded by strong support systems, but sometimes as we are cleaning out our desks and preparing our rooms for summer cleaning, we forget to tell others how strongly we feel about them.
Then, send several parents an email, text message, or, better yet, a hand-written note to tell them how much you have learned from working with their children. Yes, our primary responsibility is to make sure that all children learn, but we learn a great deal from our students as well. And, we must not neglect to let our students know how much they have meant to us.
And as the year comes to a close, do not forget to tell your family and loved ones how deeply you care about them. Being an educator is a tough, tough job and sometimes we become consumed by our responsibilities. Let’s be sure to tell those special people in our lives that although it may seem we are completely focused on our jobs, deep in our hearts we are clear that they are the most important people in our lives.
After you have completed all these joyful tasks, take a seat in a comfy chair, put your feet up, close your eyes, smile, and remember that you are someone’s hero.
Now on to a spectacular school closing!