As we head back to school this fall, let’s commit to make this the best year ever. . .
This year, let’s commit to what REALLY MATTERS.
Let’s take the time to honestly reflect on what it is we value most.
Let’s name those values.
Let’s publicly share them.
Let’s post them where we’ll see them every day.
Let’s cling to them when we’re confused, or uncertain, or losing our way.
Let’s work toward wins, both big and small, that align with these few precious things.
Yes, this year, let’s get crystal clear about what we hold dear.
This year let’s take care better CARE of ourselves.
Let’s surround ourselves with optimists, dreamers, and risk-takers.
Let’s quit berating ourselves.
Let’s eat more veggies.
Let’s take more steps.
Let’s take more naps. (Not at school, of course!)
Let’s worry less and wonder more.
Let’s make more time for playfulness and pursuing our passions.
Yes, this year let’s come to school energized, refreshed, and ready to give our all.
This year, let’s push ourselves to GROW.
Let’s boldly reach for the stars.
Let’s read more and write more and connect more.
Let’s use social media to create our own personalized network of colleagues and coaches.
Let’s decide for ourselves how we will feed our hungry professional curiosities.
Let’s keep our eyes and ears peeled for unexpected new worlds of possibility.
Let’s keep committing to purposeful next steps, taking them, and identifying some more.
Yes, this year let’s take control of our own learning.
This year, let’s turn over the reigns of CONTROL.
Let’s do more listening and less talking.
Let’s do more asking and less telling.
Let’s quit confusing quiet compliance with engagement.
Let’s give our kids more voice and more choice throughout all parts of their day.
Let’s equip them with curiosity, risk-taking, and persistence, so that they can pursue their passions for a lifetime.
Let’s quit acting as though success in the classroom is the goal of school, and start recognizing that success in the big wide world is the goal of school.
Yes, this year, let’s make ours a student-centered classroom.
This year, let’s get clear on how much we all need EACH OTHER.
Let’s celebrate and extend the spirit of collaboration.
Let’s do our share – each and every one of us – to build more connectedness within and across professional circles.
Let’s take more risks, engage in more honest sharing and worry less about what others might think.
Let’s give more than we expect to get in return.
Let’s expect the best of each other and of ourselves whenever we connect.
Let’s put an end to group grumbling and instead commit to looking for solutions.
Let’s reach out and support our peers with our kindness, our ideas, and most importantly our encouragement.
Yes, this year, let’s all work to strengthen each other.
This year, let’s remember WHY we’re here.
Let’s reconnect with the reasons we chose this demanding work in the first place.
Let’s remember that our decision to become an educator is not a just a choice made long ago; it is a choice made over and over every single time we cross the threshold of the schoolhouse.
Let’s do whatever we are able to live up to the respect this great profession deserves.
Yes, this year let’s remember we’re here by choice.
This year, let’s be BRAVER than we’ve ever been before.
Let’s dare to dream great dreams for ourselves and our students.
Let’s have the guts to stand tall in the face doubt.
Let’s courageously fight for sanity in the face of the craziness.
Let’s insist upon kid-centered decisions in spite of adult-centered fear.
Let’s bravely tolerate time spent in messiness and uncertainty, resisting the allure of quick-fixes.
Let’s listen empathetically, question respectfully, and reflect honestly when we find ourselves in disagreement.
Let’s draw our circles wider, making room for more diversity of opinion instead of less.
Yes, this year, let’s give brave a whole new meaning.