It's that crazy time of year when I get crazy ideas. I think this is my very first year teaching that I haven't completely rearranged my classroom by this point in the year. Seriously -- from my desk to my small group tables, every year except this one, I have completely rearranged my classroom space. I'm not sure why that is. Boredom? Things not working?
I don't know. Today we had a day of PD and had a bit of extra time in our classrooms. My neighbor teacher was moving a table and it struck me that I hadn't completely revamped my space. Not that I couldn't...but I guess things are working so well this year that I don't feel the need for that change (which I now just jinxed! *wink*). It's weird.
Perhaps its because I have the letters NBCT behind my name...but I doubt it. I think...FINALLY, I am comfortable with everything I'm doing. Does that mean I don't have room to grow? Of course not...but my classroom setup is the very LEAST of my worries this year. So it just stays. Perhaps I'm just lazier now than I ever was? I don't really know. I kind of like the comfortable excuse.
That said...I am making some changes in my life. Some are big, some are small. Some are just decisions that I should have made a long time ago and didn't follow through upon because I was a chicken or had too many other things going on.
I wish I could tell you one of the changes would be that I was going to be less sarcastic and more nice...but then I'd be a liar and we don't want that, now do we? haha
I am letting go of some things that no longer matter to me. They don't add anything to my teaching or personal life and have become more of a burden than anything else. Once something becomes a burden for me, it needs to go. I am also adding some things (or at least going to try) that provide me with happiness, love and encouragement. I think I have resisted that for a long time but God has tapped me on the shoulder recently and said, "um, seriously?!" (What, my God can be sarcastic like me...right?)
I am also taking a HUGE step...or planning to anyway...we'll see how things pan out...to make a huge change in my career, my students' education and education in general. I can't be the person who sits and complains that they wish they could make a change--I have to go out and do it. We'll see how long and hard I have to work to catch a ride on that train....my suspicion is that it won't take as long as I'm thinking but only time will tell.
I feel like I'm being pulled away from certain things and pushed toward others. That whole "one door opens and another closes" thing.
I'm not sure what that really means for so much of my life. I know I am making changes both professionally and personally...but what it means for all parameters of life remains to be seen.