“Thin ice can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.” — Seth Godin
This line from one of Seth Godin’s recent blog posts has stuck with me for a while.
The focus of his post was about always feeling like you are on thin ice and how that affects your behavior and your performance. Deep down we all know Godin is right — “All that panic doesn’t pay off”. When we spin our wheels in the wrong direction, we end up creating more work for ourselves.
The trick is to play the long game. We need to act with the thought, This, or something like it, will probably happen again, so that means I need to learn from this, get better, and be willing to help others when they experience this too.
Managing my energy is always a challenge, but it’s been tougher to manage lately. I knew I had to stop and think about what was different — I was spending too much time thinking about school, staying plugged in, and dwelling on what had happened rather than what is happening.
I started to make a change recently that is helping. I turned off my email and Twitter notifications, deleted the Facebook app from my devices, and started taking longer walks with the dogs in the morning. It probably doesn’t sound like much, but these little tweaks have upset the negative habits I had and just enough to help me start to reduce my stress, calm my mind, and be more present. The sleep thing, well…I’m being patient while that part gets better too.
The battle to be more balanced is not with others, it’s really with myself.
How often are we feeling we are battling what’s going on in our classroom, at our school or in our district? How often are we putting ourselves on thin ice when we could be thinking about how to stay grounded and to have the patience to play the long game? The last thing we need is more work for ourselves, so consider the habits that might be blocking you from staying away from the feeling of being on thin ice. Keep the main thing the main thing. Stay true to your vision and to your purpose – This will go a long way in staying balanced.
Have a GREAT week!
Articles Worth Reading
How thin is your ice? http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2017/04/how-thin-is-your-ice.html
6 Essentials of a High-Quality Classroom Library http://www.booksourcebanter.com/2017/03/07/6-essentials-of-a-high-quality-classroom-library/
17 – 4th grade field trip to Supreme Court & Statehouse
18 – 5th grade Math test; Fire Drill, 1:40 pm
19 – 4th grade Math Test; Get Fit Girls, 3:35 – 4:30; PTO Spirit Day at Firehous Subs, 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
20 – Principal’s meeting (Herb, AM); 3rd grade Math Test; Garden/Compost Club, 3:35 – 4:30
21 – 2nd grade field trip to Art Museum; Tornado Drill, 9:35 am
22- Hilliard’s Earth Day Celebration, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
24-28 – Book Fair, open til 5:00 on 25th; open during Art Show on 27th; open 8:00-9:05 am on 28th
24 – Gifted model parent meeting, 6:00; Vidic’s Medicine Safety Presentation (4th=1:00 – 1:40, 5th=1:45-2:30)
25 – 5th grade Science Test; 4th grade Social Studies Test; Vidic’s Medicine Safety Presentation (2nd=1:00-1:30; 3rd=1:40-2:10; 1st=2:15-2:45)
26 – Staff meeting, 3:40; Walk-A-Thon, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm; Get Fit Girls, 3:35 – 4:30
27 – Elementary Transfer meeting, 8:30; Staff Book Talk, 8:00 am; Compost/Garden Club, 3:35 – 4:30; Art Show, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
28 – BAC meeting, 8:00; fruit & veggies (grapes & snow peas); clean office lounge
1 – Bus Driver Appreciation Day; 3rd grade Music Performance, time TBD; School Community Meeting – “Make a Difference”, 10:45am;
2 – No School for Students (Waiver Day)
3 – Get Fit Girls, 3:35 – 4:30
4 – Admin. Meeting (Herb AM); Staff Book Talk, 8:00 am; PTO Flower Sale Pick Up, 4:00-7:00; PTO Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
8 – Kona Ice Truck here; PTO Meeting, 7:00; Spirit Week (daily themes TBD)
9 – BIT meeting, 8:00; KG/1st Data Teams; Retirement Party, 3:45
10 – 2nd/3rd Data Teams; SLSP field trip to Dare Equestrian; 5th grade field trip to Art Museum; Lambright’s Math Mindset Parent Night, 6:30 – 7:30; last day for Get Fit Girls, 3:35 – 4:30
11 – 4th/5th Data Teams; Staff Book Talk, 8:00 am
12 – 4th grade field trip to Art Museum; 5th grade Growth & Development, 1:30 – 2:30
14 – Mother’s Day
15 – Field Day, 8:30 – 11:30 am and 12:30 – 3:30 pm
16 – Focus fieldtrip to Falling Waters, 5:30 am – 9:15 pm
18 – Principal’s Meeting (Herb AM); Staff Book Talk, 8:00 am; See Kids Dream 5th grade field trip to Riffe Center
19 – Last day at preschool; 4th grade field trip to Zoo
22 – PTO Spirit Night at Dave & Buster’s, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
23 – 3rd grade field trip to Art Museum; PTO Family Luau, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
24 – 1st grade field trip to Art Museum
25 – Mental Health & Wellness meeting, 8:00
26 – Last Day of School!