It was not a command, but more like a kind instruction given to an impaired person in need of direction. My late husband would say this phrase to me at the end of a day when my fatigue and its accompanying grumpiness were obvious yet I was oblivious. He was one of many wise teachers, coaches, and doctors who have invited me to notice and attend to what my mind, body, and spirit need. My list of passions is big. My list of interests even longer. An enthusiastic extrovert, my social calendar is filled with people I love. Writing, dancing, arranging flowers, throwing parties….
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Life can be interesting. On a regular basis we are faced with all kinds of challenges as we try to navigate the increasing demands of work and the common pressures of daily life. Most people have a lot on their plates to manage, take care of, and move through. It can be exhausting.
Reflection is a chance to contemplate the events of the past school year in order to gain a new perspective on them. Reflecting on your past school year gives you the advantage of becoming more strategic and intentional so that you can approach the next school year with flexibility and purpose. By considering what you can do better, you are developing a growth mindset that will be invaluable once the new school year rolls around. We constantly teach our students to have a growth mindset and learn from their mistakes — why not be that example and do it ourselves? Some ways to practice reflecting are to look back at old lesson plans, look back on student work, or connect with colleagues to discuss what they noticed.
I was really surprised, as I had talked about many other points about how to be a good leader, but this one seemed to resonate the most. The question is WHY? Then we start popping all kinds of pills to take make us feel better, take away our migraines, sleep, put us in a good mood, help us lose weight, reduce our cholesterol. We also reduce our creative ability when we keep on going without taking a break or taking time to check out, get away from the electronics and reflect. The multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical and drug market banks on us being workaholics.