We finished the first quarter today! First quarter is always the hardest for me. I’ll continually blame it on being an introvert. Seems logical to me.
Every year I try to add at least one new habit or ritual that helps me connect with my students deeper. This year I started writing them birthday cards. I really love it. I love writing and receiving cards. And I try to use what my kids have shared with me about themselves to make their cards more than just a “Happy birthday! Love, Mrs. P.”
Today a young lady thanked me for her card. You know when someone thanks you for something and you can tell they really mean it? Yeah. Still working on my two-year-old with that one. [“Try it again. This time look at her eyes”…I digress…]
Anyway, her thank you was so genuine. It made me realize a couple things. (1) The birthday cards were a good idea! (2) May my thank you’s always be as genuine.
This introvert is learning, friends. I’m learning how to connect to my kids faster but in ways that are still…me. I think that’s such a battle we face as teachers, no? Everyone is doing so much good and we all just want to do all the things. Instructive feedback, quality activities, engaging lectures, growing relationships. But good lord that can wear you out. And all that comparison? For what? Can we share our ideas and learn from one another? Absolutely. But let’s also take a step back and realize: I am me. We have to be true to ourselves in this profession.
I think that’s one of the foremost things we crave from one another: authenticity. Our kids deserve our true selves.
We feel most loved by people when we know we’re getting the real them.
And so I’m learning to give more, but give in my own Rebecka way. The way that feels right to me, the way that feels comfortable to me.
I know I’m weird. But so are you. And that’s what our kids love about us.
It’s what we love about them, too.
Embrace your weird; let it guide your practice. It’s ok to do things different.
If something sucks, there’s always next year.
Happy fall, y’all. ❤