We often don’t take the time to stop, pause and appreciate the positive moments we experience. Last Friday afternoon, I was covering a Prep class at the end of the day. We were all packed up and ready for home with just a few minutes to spare. Instead of rushing out the door to the parents, we sat back down on the carpet together and answered one simple question…
What was one thing that made you happy this week?
What was remarkable was that every boy identified something different from literacy groups to outdoor play, read alouds, excursions, learning new mathematical concepts. Every time a boy was called upon to speak, his eyes lit up with excitement about being able to share their happy moments.
As educators, we often are rushing to the next meeting or marking an assignment or planning for the next lesson or making a phone call to parents. It’s a busy job. But perhaps we need to take those few moments at the end of the week or day or lesson and think about opportunities to share our gratitude and positive moments.
Today, it was seeing the Year 3s belt out their musical song and dance at their last rehearsal before we move into the theatre with smiles on their faces. Another moment was the 8am start on duty with a Prep student and his Year 2 brother running across the oval so they could say hello while waving frantically.
So take a moment...
What made you happy today?