Education is some serious business. All that thinking, working, disciplining. Lining up, quieting down, handing in. Sometimes it is all a lot of WORK.
And then, some days come along where all sorts of good stuff happens. Education is a collaborative business. I think on those good stuff days, we should be working extra hard to share the wealth. It seems to me that more often we share the painful days. I will share your pain if it helps you, but I would much rather share your joy.
Well, I had a good day today, so I’m going to share it.
One of my frequent office visitors from kindergarten came down and told me that she has vowed to be good from now on. She wrote it all up in an official letter, told me, her teacher, and the head secretary so we will all check up on her. A five year old begging to be held accountable for her actions and goal setting for improvement. That’s a good day.
I received an email from my editor saying the family of a man I wrote a biography about was so thrilled with how well I captured their dad in my writing. My writing had a real purpose that affected a family in a real and positive way. That’s a good day.
My fellow office workers and I laughed today. Finding joy in little things through the day makes work a little less WORK. That’s a good day.
With the help of some board colleagues, I found out we would be able to offer a pretty exciting opportunity to about 150 of our students. Networking for the long term gains of students. That’s a good day.
Having staff willing to go the extra mile to help out a colleague. No complaints, just offers of help. Definitely a team approach. That’s a good day.
Sometimes in the media or in our venting conversations, we can get lost in the negative. Educators have a responsibility to promote, share and reflect on the joy in our jobs too. What made your day great?