I have had a great deal of fun on chats and in working with teachers over the last little while reminiscing over some of the greatest things they have done in the classroom. We don’t often take the time to reflect back on our ‘best work,’ but many of us have exceptional ideas that we have come up with during our careers that have been ‘shelved’ for whatever reason. Maybe it didn’t fly with the class we had, or maybe it was time consuming and we put something more expedient in its place; whatever the reason, I challenge you to go through that shelf of dreams and resurrect some of the greatness that has been you in the past. I have done this lately, and have a big one coming up in the next week, and I can tell you that it makes a big difference to the passion you show in the classroom. These are the ideas that strengthen us as teachers, that give us purpose and let us dream a little. Often the ‘shelved projects’ involve collaboration, outside experts or help, organization, special supplies and preparation, and because they require that little bit more, they are memorable for our students!
I know this is the time of the year when we are tired, struggling, and need that little ‘something’ to get through to the end. Maybe we can find that little bit extra in a project we put away. It has worked for me this week, will it work for you? Take a moment to talk about one of these projects in the comments, I will share some of them out on Twitter and maybe we can support other teachers in need of a boost in the final stretch!
Have a great night!