Here at the close of not only 1st semester but also a calendar year, it's time to reflect and ask ourselves a cocktail of honest questions...to hold up a mirror and take a long, hard look...
(What's not working?)
Am I meeting the needs of every student I teach?
(Am I being the teacher that I would want to have?)
How can I motivate and inspire my students to love learning?
(How can I motivate and inspire myself to love learning?)
How can I encourage and support my colleagues on their journey?
(Which relationships/situations are stunting my own professional growth?)
If we really want to be reflective practitioners, we'd ask ourselves these sorts of questions on the daily, but truthfully Life sometimes gets in the way of our best intentions. As I prepare for 2nd semester and the start of a new calendar year, I commit to being a professional who owns her $#*%, who puts herself under the microscope lens first, who corrects what needs correction, and who can let go of what is not fixable.
Owning your $#*% isn't easy to do. It's a whole lot easier to lay blame on others and feign perfection. But I'm in no position to sport a crown, trophy, or Olympic medal any time soon, so own my $#*% I shall. Bring on 2nd semester and 2018...my mirror is Windexed and ready.
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