Saturday, January 14, 2017

Striving Towards A Greater Goal!

      It has been a very long time since I have written my last post. It is not that I haven't had anything to say. It is not that I didn't want to. I cannot even say it's because I didn't have time. The honest truth of it, I didn't make it a priority. I wasn't striving to sit down and think about reflecting. I wasn't striving to push myself to go beyond what I know I can do. Instead I have been trying to find time to relax, rejuvenate, relate to my family, and just be better as a person. That being said, I feel like those are very good reasons to not have a new post. 
     Then I remind myself the reason I started blogging in the first place. I wanted to reflect on the positive things I saw happening within my classroom, school community, personal connections to school, and teaching. How could I see any of those things as not a priority?
     Well I have decided I need to write a post. Today's post is all about having focus, striving towards a better goal of teaching, striving to understand more deeply, striving to understand where priority should be, striving to be the verb! To be the action, in short, STRIVE! My principal has given us all a challenge to find one word to focus on and make ourselves better teachers/parents/people. It doesn't matter what the one word is. The word is challenging you to focus on creating a positive change within yourself. The one word is used as a focusing tool and no more. The one word should guide choices you're making and the way that you're thinking daily, a personal anchor if you will.
In an effort to show that I want to strive to be better in many areas of my life, I have chosen my one word ,it is STRIVING!

This year I will ask the question of my students and myself: 
Are you striving to finish work when it's hard?
 Are you striving to be the best you? 
Are you striving to help others around you? 
Are you striving to be a positive person? 
Are you striving to do more than you ever believed you could? 
I feel like those focus questions will be good anchors to remind me why that's what is important.

In addition I'm going to make the statements every day before I start my day: 
I am striving to be a role model for kids. 
I'm striving to show appreciation for all. 
I'm striving to reach out to others. I'm striving to see others perspectives. 
I'm striving to push my students beyond a grade. 
I'm striving to be the best me. I'm striving to be the action.

Have you thought about it one word challenge? Have you wondered if one word really could make a difference? I plan to find out this year. I hope you join me in the one word challenge. Look online #OneWordChallenge look on Twitter, Instagram, and other social media.
I did not make this up I was challenged to do it. So I send the challenge onto you, find one word to be your focus for this year, to make yourself a better person, to make your community better, to make our world better.