I have to admit, my eyesight is not the best. I should wear glasses to address my nearsightedness, but I don't. Instead, I squint my eyes and scrunch up my face in order to see something at a distance...a street sign, a subtitle in a movie, what a student is doing across the classroom. Glasses would certainly help my vision, but not necessarily my focus. What I choose to look at, that's all me.
The same can be said for any number of us right now. Education is (constantly) changing. The political winds have shifted. Heck, even the weather (at least here in St. Louis lately) is wonky. If I try to stay current with all things EDU, all things political, and even all things weather-related, I wouldn't be able to keep a good charge on my phone, and I'd end up discouraged and drained myself daily.
Now is the time to FOCUS, more so than ever before. Anxiety is high all across the nation. And what many of us are ingesting from TV and social media isn't helping our anxiety levels. Maybe it's time to turn off the TV, put down our devices, and focus.
Focus on our students and their learning.
Focus on our PLN and other resources.
Focus on our local community and its needs.
Focus on our professional development.
Focus on our homes and our families.
Change is inevitable, be it in Education, politics, or the weather. And there will always be something in our lives to feel anxious about. But what we choose to focus on? That is something we CAN control.
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