This past vacation week, I actually took the week off and tried to disconnect for a few days. In fact, disconnecting allowed me to connect in new ways. It gave me more time to connect with family and friends. It allowed for more time to connect with nature. It also allowed me a moment of pause to reflect, which led to many connections of thoughts, goals, and plans for the future. I'm hoping you all had some time to reflect, disconnect, and then reconnect to what is important.
As we head into the last two months of school, everything begins to accelerate as we squeeze in our remaining testing, our field trips, and our end of year events. It is time to double-down in our efforts and put in a strong finish, as powerful as the strong start we had this year. Here are three challenges to consider.
1. Set goals. What do you want to accomplish between now and the end of the year. What do you hope to do next year? Challenge yourself to keep growing and learning with the same enthusiasm as the beginning of the year.
2. Stay engaged. There are endless opportunities to engage in school and district conversations, to attend student events, and to share with your colleagues. Challenge yourself to stay engaged for it all.
3. Have fun. I always tell my kids that I loved school so much, I decided to stay in school and work in schools for my career. Why? Other than the obvious reason of making a positive difference for students, school can be really fun. Keep the fun going and enjoy the sacred opportunity you have to work with students every day. Challenge yourself to laugh often with your students.