This year I set a goal of developing a gratitude habit. The practice is to record #TeacherWins. Each day I pause for a moment and think of something that I am grateful for and record it as a #TeacherWin. I have a notebook set up in my DayOne Journal. At the end of the month, I hit the export button and get what you see below.
These last few years teaching has become challenging. I don't want to become one of those old crotchety teachers that have a complaint about everything. My goal is to finish my career as strongly as I started. I'm interested in the gratitude effects mentioned in the quote below. Here are my #TeacherWins for the month of March 2022.
How do you feel when a loved one gives you a gift? How about when someone ahead of you in line pays for your coffee? Hopefully you experience gratitude--a warm appreciation for what the other person did.
We say hopefully, because gratitude not only makes you feel good --it can have dramatic and lasting effects on your wellbeing. Research indicates that gratitude can lower blood pressure, improve immune function, reduce cardiac inflammation, increase happiness, improve relationships, and decrease depression. - Practicing gratitude can have profound health benefits, USC experts say
Students listened well and were able to use the Google Sites template for Forces and Motion and make it their own.
Many of my students who made it a goal to improve their work habits also did well on their MAPs testing.
I’m improving my ability to leave school thoughts and work-related stressors at school, not taking them home with me. There is still a way to go but the progress is noticeable.
Friday duty is great with shining sun and good friends.
One of my students likes to bring snacks to share with his homeroom classmates. It visibly brings him joy.
#TeacherWin 3/8 2022
Had a nice rollout of the Forces and Motion mind map assignment. Students seemed to understand the directions without much confusion.
The Sphero Edu app finally worked on the student Chromebooks. Also, our Tech Guru delivered a nice new Chromebook to replace my old one.
I appreciate that our school sets aside time each day to provide interventions for students that need them. It does create extra work, but it’s the right thing to do.
War Horse and a mostly mellow school day. It's a great World War I movie.
- Went for a 30-minute walk with Wally
- Revisited my goals
- Was productive with household chores in the morning
- Spent some time planning for the upcoming week
Had a great time playing the Gimkit variation Total Domination, I lost two rounds and won one.
After grappling with getting the Spheros connected, they worked for all three core classes. It was a nice payoff when student engagement began to increase.
Snow day today. Sometimes they hit at just the right time. It was nice to clear my mind during a slow day.
- Sphero tractor building was a hit.
- I was able to check in a few science notebook assignments.
- Community crew was “in person” for the first time in two years.
It was a blast watching our 8th graders square dance with their 2nd-grade buddies.
I was grateful to offer up a camp scholarship to 8th graders.
A couple of my students made me a stand-up whiteboard for the hallway. It was a win-win project.
No teacher won today - snow day!
Everything is set up for a donut sale tomorrow. A local grocery store donated 4 dozen donuts. All of the proceeds help to cover the costs of our 8th-grade class trip.
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