This morning in our faculty meeting, we were asked to write two thank you cards: one to someone in our department and one to someone outside our department. It was a really good way to start the day.
I know this is supposed to be a season of gratitude and reflection, but sometimes I get so lost in all that “has” to get done that I miss out on one of my favorite times of year.
This morning reminded me that it’s better to be thankful than it is to be stressed, and I have a choice in that matter.
One of my precalc kids has been intentional this week about studying for our upcoming test in advance. She offered to me that she’s been studying but hasn’t seen the results on her assessments. A statement like that will always tug on a teacher’s heart. I knew it wasn’t a matter of skill or work ethic, but simply learning how to best study, which looks different for everyone.
We’ve met a couple times this week and she’s done exactly what I’ve asked of her on her own time. The test is still two days away, but she said today that she already feels so much different and so much better about this test.
And that’s a real goal here. Will all these kids use polar equations in their future jobs? No. I’m preparing many of them for jobs that don’t even exist yet. So.
What they will use is an understanding of how they best learn. They’ll use the confidence they gain when they overcome something that seemed impossible at one point. And maybe they’ll also remember that people–parents, friends, teachers–helped along the way. And they’ll choose to do the same.