I can’t believe that it’s 2014. I’m not sure what truly happened in 2013 that made it soar by so quickly, but here we are in the first month of a new year. If you’re like me at all, you’ve already made your list of resolutions and are jumping on the band wagon to make 2014 the best year ever. I have a mental list of all the things I would like to improve upon this year (anything from organization to fitness).
What does your mental list look like? Classroom teachers, are you planning to rotate your materials to make your environment more interesting to the children? Do you have goals of documenting children’s learning that happens through photographs? Administrators, have you revisited everyone’s professional development plans and discovered what new and interesting workshops your staff could attend this year?
Making lists of all of the things that we resolve to do in a new year can feel very overwhelming. So I think I have decided that the biggest resolution I have for myself this year is to slow down and just breathe. 2013 went by so very quickly that I can barely remember all of the important things that happened. I hope that you will join me in taking time to slow down and enjoy the present today.
Whether you are a classroom teacher worried about keeping your portfolios up-to-date or an administrator navigating a new quality rating system or licensing regulations, take time to observe what is happening around you and appreciate the beauty of day-to-day life. Classroom teachers, I hope that while you are keeping track of the goals that are set for the children in your classroom, you take time to play games with them and share their joy when they learn something new. Administrators, as you go through your checklists to make sure your teachers have all of the certifications that they need, I hope you also notice the good work being done in your classrooms and acknowledge their efforts. Wishing you and yours a memorable and productive 2014. Happy New Year!