Happy New Year!
The beginning of the year feels good- even though, we academic types are in the middle of the year… Still a fresh start is nice, whenever it happens.
How was your break? Did you rest? I took a bazillion naps. It was wonderful. I also threw away and donated a load of old stuff. Papers were recycled, clothes given to Good Will, toys donated, old things thrown away. Freeing me from that clutter felt good. I’m ready to ditch some more!
Clearing space is a good thing for us girls. We need order in our lives for our best selves to come through. The space around us makes a huge difference in our ability to concentrate and move forward. So if you’re living or teaching in a cluttered room, go back to the 10 minute clean up routine (set the timer for 10 minutes, pick one small space to de-clutter, work only until the timer goes off, then do it again tomorrow).
Getting rid of the clutter in our environment is awesome, but let’s take a moment to be sure we don’t ADD clutter in an unusual way. Today’s video will help. Let me bridge it for you. Your students will come back to you from break with a lot of “clutter” in their lives. Being away on vacation does that to them. So, when you gear back up for school, be sure to do what you know needs to be done- RECONNECT with them. RE-ESTABLISH your routines and procedures. Don’t get into a cluttered mental/emotional state with your students.
Take today’s permission and run with it. Watch the video now!
PS- Be sure to “LIKE,” “Share,” and “Tweet” the video for others. I want the world to receive today’s permission for the sake of our teachers and students.