Remember when I said I was going to try to post at least once a month? Yeah. Good joke, Angie. Recently, I’ve been feeling inspired to create content again, but who knows how long that’s going to last. Obviously setting goals is 100% not working for me, so I’m going to just stop doing that.
I’m going to post when I feel like it, even it’s it’s only twice a year.
In my last post (that I wrote way back in August), I wrote about 4 things that I wanted to stop doing this school year. In this post, I’m going to give y’all a little update to how I’m doing. I’ll also be scoring myself for each goal on a scale of 1-10.
So let’s get into it!
#1: Treating Interruptions as Annoyances
This one was a bit hard at first. At first, I tried listening to every interruption and talking about them all, but of course it meant that story time and group discussions were getting dragged out way longer than they needed to be. I realized I couldn’t ‘push pause’ every time a hand shot up or a Little called out. I decided I needed to be strategic about it. That’s where Share Time comes into play. I still entertain a few interruptions during stories or discussions, but I keep them to a minimum. After 5 or so Littles have shared their spur of the moment ideas, I will tell them it’s time to save it for Share Time, which always comes afterwards. We take turns passing around one of our class mascots, Raymond or Raymona (they’re both sting ray stuffed animals). We listen to whoever is holding the ray as they share their idea or connection. Share Time is over when everyone (who wanted to) has held a ray once.
Score: 7/10 – The rays definitely help, but I’m sure I can tweak this somehow still.
#2: Saying ‘You Can’t ______ Until You ______’
This one has been easier for me. I mentioned in the previous post that I had already tried it, and it was successful. That was encouraging. I decided to stick with it. When I have a child acting out, I always ask them how they are feeling. This leads to them working through what is bothering them or stressing them out (ex. ‘I am sad about cleaning up blocks because I’m not done playing yet.’) Then I help the child sort out a plan by asking what would make them feel better (ex. ‘I would feel better if I could play in blocks again in the afternoon.) The child then feels better about the situation because they helped plan the solution. It sometimes takes a while to get there, but it’s always worth it.
Score: 9/10 – This is the only way I can imagine deescalating situations now tbh.
#3: Not communicating with my administration enough
Hoo boy. In the last post, I wrote about how in previous years I didn’t communicate to my admin when I felt stressed out (and that it came back to bite me in the butt big time). This year, I have made a conscious effort to work on my relationship with my principal. This year has been just as stressful (if not more so), but I don’t feel like I’m drowning. I’ve been open with my principal from day one in August, and I have talked to him about a few things that I’ve needed support in handling. He has been willing to talk me through my emotions and help me build a plan. Basically, he’s doing the same thing with me that I talked about doing with my kids in #2. And I cannot thank him enough. I feel supported and valued, and I know that I’m not facing any challenges alone. It’s such a relief.
Score: 10/10 – I can’t tell you how good this feels, y’all.
#4: Staying at work longer than necessary
*Insert hysterical laughter here*
Yeah….I have been completely failing at this. In the past two weeks alone, I was at work until 4:30-5 at least 8 out of 10 working days. Ugh. I just cannot get myself to a point where I can walk away from work at a reasonable time. I’ll find myself saying ‘Ok. I am definitely leaving at 3 today’. Then before I know it, it’s 4:45, and I’m still working away. But in my defense, I knew this was going to be my biggest challenge. I still have two months left in the school year to get it together though.
Score: 1/10 – I need all the help.
All in all, I’ve grown quite a lot this school year. I feel like I’ve made some positive changes that have helped things go a lot smoother than in the past. There’s still room for improvement, but I have to admit that I’m incredibly proud of myself.
…but how the heck am I’m going to stop leaving work so dang late??
Until next time (which hopefully won’t be 8 months from now…)