As we enter the last few weeks of the school year, it’s natural to become reflective. Consider your year from two perspectives: a zoom lens and a wide-angle lens.
First, zoom in to a random day. Think of those ongoing, seemingly small interactions with individual students. Consider some of your lessons and the routines you put in place.
- How did you show you care in those regular day-to-day interactions? Think of your words, your actions, your mannerisms…
- Consider a moment when you recognized that a student’s emotional or social well-being was more important than academics. What did you do?
- Did you give up part of your lunch: your literal lunch to a hungry student, or your time at lunch to help a student?
- What lesson are you most proud of? Why does it stand out?
Now, put on your wide-angle lens. Think of the year as a whole. It wasn’t all smooth sailing; there were certainly bumps along the way. But consider the many positives…
- What are you most proud of this year?
- Knowing that you had an impact on all of your students, who might you especially have had an impact on this year? Why do you think that is?
- What is it that your students are leaving your classroom with: more compassion, more patience, a love of books, excitement about learning? (Remember, this is no accident. This is YOU.)
Zoom in and step back. How might these reflections inform how you approach next year?