1 Important Strategy All Teachers Need to Use from Time to Time

1 Important Strategy All Teachers Need to Use From Time to Time

I landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International yesterday afternoon and checked into the Airbnb where I’m staying. 

This is my first time in Atlanta, Georgia.

My wife and son could not come with me, and I’m sad about that.

My son would be running around this little apartment, jumping on the bed, and pressing his face up to the windows. My wife would be sitting next to me with a coffee in her hand telling me everything is going to be OK. 

I could use a little family love right now as I’m nervously rushing around trying to get everything ready for the the TESOL 2019 conference. 

I need to force myself to take some time and just do nothing. 

Being alone gives you the chance to reflect, to think about life and what you are doing with it.

I can take a long look in the mirror and remember all of the years that have brought me to this moment and all of the years that will take me from it. 

That, I suppose, is something we all need to do from time to time. 

We need to remind ourselves of why we do what we do, and who we are doing it for, because it’s easy to lose track.

It’s easy to forget what kind of life we are trying to forge out of the busyness of it all.

Maybe you can take a few moments to do a little nothing yourself.

A few moments to reflect, to think, to remember all of the years that have brought you to where you are, and all of the years that will carry you forward. 

And as a teacher, a few moments to make sure you've got yourself pointed in the right direction before entering that classroom again, before you face all of the competing needs and conflicting goals. 

We will find our way through. 

We will make a difference.

We will be there for our kids.

But not if we lose our way.

In the immortal words of Winnie the Pooh, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best something.”

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