Today is the last day of writing for Slice of Life for the month of March! A part of me has loved this and a part of me has thought, “why did I sign up to do this another year?” March is my busiest time of the year, “why would I add something else on my plate?” Peer encouraging, self-reflecting time and time for myself!
There were three other teachers in my building who were doing Slice of Life so I decided to do it again. I truly enjoyed reading their posts. It gave us things to talk about that was not always school related. I learned things about them that I would not have otherwise heard. Thank you Meg, Jenna and Paula for sharing your writing during this month! I truly enjoyed reading your posts. Peer encouragement does work!!
Self-reflection offers teachers an opportunity to think about what works and what doesn’t in their classroom. We teachers can use reflective teaching as a way to analyze and evaluate our own practices so we can focus on what works. When I mentor, I always encourage my mentees to always reflect on how their lessons went and be honest with themselves. What can they do to make the lesson/lessons better? It is ok to admit when you know something didn’t go well! Making changes because of self-reflection is powerful!
When I write, I am able to set aside everything that is happening around me. I sit down and only think of me! Well, I always think of teaching, family and friends but it is my time! My time for myself to write about what I want! My thoughts are always all over the place just like my life. I get to do what I want to do right in that moment. It may only be 5-10 minutes but it is my time!
Thank you Slice of Life for offering this again! I would not sit down and write without a challenge like this. I am great with making excuses! Here is to another year. There are only 51 school days left of our 2017-2018 school year and I can’t wait to just do what I want for the summer!!