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And thank YOU for stopping by to read my very own little "slice." :-)
As I mentioned in my One Little Word ( OLW ) post a few days ago, my #OLW2015 is...want. Today I found a surprising "side effect" of this word that I didn't expect.
As I walked into my classroom today, the usual flood of melancholy feelings started swarming. I now share an instructional coach space with a friend and colleague. I've previously spent the last 13 years as a first and second grade classroom teacher. This year I made a huge change and am now the K-5 literacy coach at my school. As much as I'm enjoying and learning from this new position, I still get little pings of sadness as I find myself missing having my own class of kiddos. As I put down my bags, I successfully managed to replace my melancholy thoughts with those of gratitude. Each day I find my self quickly reflecting on what I've learned in this position that I wouldn't have been able to had I not made this change. It always leaves me with a happy feeling and confirmation that I'm in the right place--grateful for this opportunity.
I quickly began to size up the day and prioritize all the tasks I wanted to accomplish. With my OLW in mind, I began to notice that my "to-do" list is really a list that could be split right in half: one side including things I want to accomplish and the other side filled with important must-do's that weren't necessarily mine :) So, I did something unusual. I started with the side of the list that I wanted to accomplish. I worked and worked feeling happy to be checking off the things on the list that I wanted to complete.
Before I knew it, our classroom space was filled with the hussle and bussle of my favorite part of the job. My new "class." Colleagues. I had put a decent dent into the "other" side of the list and carried on with the day.
It seems so simple, but at the end of the day I realized I actually saved time. That quick decision to start the day where I wanted led me to understand that we sometimes have to fill our own bucket before we can start to help others fill their buckets. Kind of like the flight attendant telling you that in the event of an emergency, you should start by putting on your own air mask before assisting another. Now that led me to think about airplanes which made me think of NYC which will be a whole 'nother "slice" post on a whole 'nother day :-)
And to think it all started with OLW.