Today's post is about some of the little things I've been doing help bring a smile back to my face.
As part of my birthday gift, my sister gave me a magnetic Christmas tree, complete with ornaments. I originally assumed that it was to hang on my refrigerator, but she suggested that I put it up in my classroom. Most students don't even notice it. But, I love it. Of course, some students like to rearrange it and place the packages on top of the tree...
|My Classroom Christmas Tree|
It sets by my desk, and whenever a students says something funny, profound, or somewhere in between, I write it down on a post-it note, fold it up, and put it in the jar. This jar is full of the things that make me love my job. But these are the exact same things that are often forgotten or overlooked when reflecting back on my day. My mind tends to focus its attention on that thing that didn't go so well instead of the myriad of other daily events.
I think my plan is to read these at the end of my first year of teaching. I can't wait to read back over all of these memories and relive my first year of teaching.
I used to journal a lot, but I just haven't had the time of late. Basically, if it doesn't get written here or jotted down on a post-it note and stuck in my jar, it doesn't get written down.
|My Memory Jar|