I’ve spent a lot of time ranting while writing and that negativity has not been good for me. While it’s been great to get some things off my chest, it seems as though everything has been a rant. After reading fellow teacher-writer Elisa Waingort’s post (you can read her post here), I decided to focus on the wins instead of the losses. This has helped me focus more on what’s positive instead of being mired down in negativity.
- A second grader spontaneously used a strategy to figure out how to spell a word.
- I’ve written every day.
- One of my kindergarten students started to participate during lessons and activities.
- I cleaned the living room carpet and it looks good!
- I’m ahead on lesson planning.
- I didn’t eat all of the chocolate pie.
My list started out small, but it’s growing steadily. Like Elisa, when times are tough, I can review my list and let those wins, whether small or large, lift my spirits.