As I reflect on my last teaching day of 2021, I notice it included both high spots and low spots.
High spot – so enjoyed celebrating the culmination of a Word Collecting Unit with a grade 6 Vocab Fashion Show.
High spot – I shared with each of my class how my gift to friends and families this year was a copy of Peter Reynold’s illustrated book of Cat Steven’s song Peace Train. Then I played this video and wished them all a peaceful winter break and a peace-filled 2022. ( I wish you the same!) https://youtu.be/0QpjR6-Uuks
Low point – my last period of the day. One needy and disrespectful student pushed my buttons and as the class finally ended, I was perseverating on only the lousiness of this last period, forgetting all that happened earlier and feeling as if I was thrown off that Peace Train.
As I reflect on my 2022 OLW, I want it to be a reminder to hold on to the high points and not let the low points be all I think about. As humans, I feel we can spend more time venting and talking about the negative. And this doesn’t feel healthy. And maybe that becomes my word – healthy. If so, I want to be reminded all year to be healthy in my reflections, focusing on both the ups and downs and maybe try to be more about the ups! I also want to spend time in 2022 focused on my financial health. I turned 58 this year and it might just be Covid teaching but some days I think it might be time to do something else. But first I need to figure out my finances and my options. Finally, I do really like the Peace Train video…maybe peace could be my word?!
I still have a few more days to decide on my word but right now healthy and peace are the top contenders. How about you?