It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
One of you – unnamed of course – got my wheels spinning about this concept of joy. Here is the story. Said person came to see me to let me know “some positive news”. Before she began, she said it was important to share because lately there was not a whole lot of joy going on in the teaching world. Mind you, those were not the exact words, but that was the message. Honestly, the comment took me by surprise and stuck with me.
I proceeded to go out in the hallway to greet students coming in. Two little kindergarten students walked by holding hands with big smiles. And I thought, wait! That is joy!!! So I started paying attention. Another little one walked by and said “Good morning! How are you Mrs. Oliver? I lost a tooth last night!” You had to be there, but big smile and no top teeth! Zippo. Could it be? In the matter of minutes, I found joy all around me. : )
Of course, now I go by said person’s room often and ask her: got joy? I’m terrible, aren’t I?
We all have moments. Do I really think this person finds no joy in teaching every day? Of course not. But it still got me thinking. In a world where demands and deadlines are coming at us from all different angles, we need to keep things in perspective. We didn’t choose education for the paycheck or as some would assume, the hours. Especially, the hours! Geez.
In the words of Helen Keller: Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Well said, Miss Keller.
So my question to you is: Got joy? : )
Pat and Tiffany: Taking the cab home with students to ensure safety
Susan Hanson: For a smooth transition to Cove: We are pleased to have you!
Michelle Hannable and Paige Forester: Successful completion of ACCESS testing.
Courtney, Kara, and Tiffany: For truly looking for ways to better our AIM program and thinking outside of the box. The work you do everyday amazes me.
Madonna, Erin, Jen G, and Erin S: For just rocking Year 2. Keep it up.
Mark Your Calendars
February 10th and 11th: Change is Simple for Grades 3-5
February 12th: LASW: Open Response Writing/BSRI Visit from Miffy, District GLM: Building Based 2:30-3:30
February 13th: Dr. Agenziano to Speak about the proposed Middle School Configuration: 6:30 Cove Library
February 14th: Valentine’s Day: BSRI Visit with Kelly, K Field Trip to Ma Audubon on Ipswich River for Maple Sugaring
February 17th – 21st: School Vacation : )
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How We Can Maximize the Potential Of Learning Apps via @MindShift
5 New Approaches to Teaching and Learning via @HuffPostEdu
Mentoring: Unlocking Young People’s Potential via @HuffPostEdu
Bring Google to School via @Sophia
21 Days to Improving your Productivity and Happiness via @LifeOhn
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