Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fresh Start



Today marks the beginning of a new quarter...a new semester. Beginnings feel fresh and new-filled with possibilities. There's an energy around beginnings that's palpable and motivating. I wonder why.

The school year can be a long haul. There are days when things feel stressful and I get overwhelmed, but this moment means that I get to look back and reflect on all we've accomplished. I also turn my eyes forward and see what else there is left to do. 

We have made it to the halfway mark of the opening of a new school. It's been hard, and rewarding, and fun, and frustrating...through all of it, I've grown and learned so much about myself as an educator and a teammate. I wouldn't trade one single moment, even the stressful ones. 

Today I go to school and it feels like a brand new blank sheet of paper. Where we will go from here? What can we accomplish now? I'm ready to go! 


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13 comments:

  1. You have left me feeling motivated to go as well!! It is wonderful to see something as a beginning... I don't think all teachers do that for their students or themselves. It is important to model this and celebrate it. Happy beginning!
    Clare

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  2. Good luck! Great things are in store

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  3. Teachers' calendars are different from others'; we have quarters and semesters and "testing season" (ugh). Sometimes I feel like the "New Year's Day" in August means more than January 1st! I'm glad that your reflection brings up the positive points in what has been a busy, stressful transition, and that you give yourself kudos for making it this far! Here's to a successful remainder of the school year!

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  4. I noticed we passed our halfway mark the other day .. and I was like, what?
    Kevin

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  5. I think we need that fresh energy and excitement now. I know I need to shake some routines up mid year. Hope this week feels new and full of potential!

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  6. I always loved the start of a new semester. It was like beginning all over again. A chance to make things right. Here's to a great last half of the year

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  7. It's great to have fresh starts. Wishing you many more opportunities to learn about yourself.

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  8. Yesssss! Hope is my word of the day and your piece gave me so much of it. It is all about our perspectives. Yours is winning. :)

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  9. We had this feeling the week after our week off for the ice storm. Everyone was so happy to be back. They were engaged and happy to be learning. I hope this page turn inspires your kiddos as well.

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  10. I love all the fresh starts that teaching allows! You have made such a difference in the lives of your students and colleagues already this year (and lucky us, to be able to benefit long distance). I always feel inspired by your reflections.

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  11. You opened a new school in September and you still sound energized?! Good for you and your colleagues, and congratulations on the new beginnings to come.

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  12. I do love that feeling of beginning again! I hope you have a great third quarter!

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  13. There is so much positivity in your post, Michelle. I hope the blank slate gets filled real fast with wonder-filled moments!

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