So a week done and already into the next… time sure flies when you are having fun! That’s what school is for us. Let’s be honest – not every day is a joyride, but life can be a rollercoaster and some days are like that – and most days are fun if we let them be. Just as we preach to our teacher candidates to be reflective practitioners, we must be, too. So now that we are cruising into week two and beyond, what are some take-aways that we can offer as we continue to move forward along this semester of life. There is just so much that we want to share… where do we begin? We begin by being who we are – who we are meant to be.
Words of advice for this new school year – be authentic. Be real. Be yourself. Aim to be the best that you can be. But be you. Be the best you that you can be. In this fast pace world filled with fake news and drama, we owe it to ourselves and each other to experience today together and celebrate our unique and diverse selves. We aren’t all the same, and that’s beautiful. I’m no good at being you, and you are no good at being me. If we can model this as teachers, administrators, staff, coaches, and parents, our kids will be better off – and so will we. If we can be honest with ourselves and each other, we can build relationships and not walls in our classrooms, our schools, our homes, our world. What a surreal thought. What a sweet thought. It may be idealistic, but why not be? That’s who we are – and we are trying to be the best “we” that we can be. With a new year we can hope again and try again. We can pick each other apart where we faltered last year or we can pick each other up. We can shake off failures and strive for victories again. We can model this for our learners and challenge them to do the same. We do this by starting to be who we are and who we are meant to be – you and me.
A new song out by Seth Alley, Be Yourself, has some great thoughts for us as we start this new year and build and renew our relationships starting with ourselves.
I want to be great, but I ain’t cause I fake what I make. Yeah – I think that it’s time for a change. Stop waiting on the world for help. Stop worrying about everyone else. Be yourself.
There is no one else you can be so stop trying to be. Be yourself – be your best you.
Stay Calm & Be Yourself!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.