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Permission Granted- to YOU!


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!

 

Wynn

 

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.

 

| best life, students, success, teaching | January 06, 2013

About the author

Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

4 Responses to "Permission Granted- to YOU!"
  • Susan Heerd January 6, 2013

    For several of my first years of teaching Kindergarten I didn’t reconnect with my students after the holidays. During the first days back I was constantly interrupted by students wanting to tell me about their holidays. Then I got it. I made the first day back a celebration. I came in with paper hats made from the newspaper (recycling) to decorate and on sale noisemakers. When learned a new song to get the idea of the year changing (Now We Have a Brand New Year). I had drinks and cookies (holiday leftovers). We also drew a picture of our favorite gift and wrote about it. Then the students sat in 2 circles facing each other. One circle sat still and the other circle rotated around with each telling the other about their gift and Christmas. Our classroom aide and I rotated around and listened in and commented. Everyone had a great time sharing. All of this took about an hour. After that we cound get down to business because everyone got to share. No more interruptions to tell about gifts, etc.
    As a result of this I began every morning with giving everyone an opportunity to share (do you have something to tell us) during our morning meeting (opening). It took 5 to 10 minutes to do this. Everyone got to feel important and knew that their sharing was important and that I cared about their life outside of the classroom. No longer were we continually interrupted during the day with someone wanting to tell us something that had nothing to do with what we were doing.. Then off to the days lessons. If someone had something to share after this time, they were give an opportunity after lunch and recess before beginning the afternoon activities.

    I miss these times since I’m now a reading teacher working with small groups across grade levels and no longer have a regular classroom. But I still begin each session with my kindergarten students asking do you have something to tell me. Everyone knows that kindergarten students always have something to share.

    • Wynn Godbold
      Wynn Godbold January 6, 2013

      Susan,
      Great celebration idea. I love it. So simple and yet powerful. I know it served you well and sounds like a great deal of fun- not just for Kinders either. Having taught lots of grade level, this (or a version of it) would work at all levels.
      Thanks for sharing:)
      Wynn

  • Cecile Pelaez January 6, 2013

    Thank you so much for adding some inspiration to my last Sunday before going back! I have planned for some re-setting of learning goals and a cute New Year’s activity to do tomorrow, but I didn’t think of it as RECONNECTING! It makes so much sense and you affirmed it! I admit though, I didn’t remember to re-establish routines, procedures and expectations! I definitely will stop to “load the program!” Happy New Year and thank you for your encouragement!!!!!

    • admin
      admin January 6, 2013

      Cecile,
      Glad I could spark a few thoughts. Thank you for sharing! You and Susan have encouraged me today.
      Have a great week inside and out 🙂
      Wynn

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