“Practice,” as in homework, takes buy-in. What’s the buy-in for students in our classroom? Grades? Fear of consequences? Accolades? Certainly not samyama. It’s time to rethink why we assign homework in the classroom. Practice is important, but so is teaching why practice is important and how frustration is part of challenge and growth! via Beautiful Samyama
via Sensitive Wiring
Without faith in something, there is no opportunity. via Inner Land Field
Hope and love are irresistible callings. Let’s make them commonplace.
via Seeking my muse.
I can’t imagine a classroom where flux and flow are just what they are…testing culture is alive and well in school. It is difficult to let it go and just teach. It is challenging not to be annoyed by classroom disturbances; at times, these feel like someone or something is pinging away from our test scores (i.e, our VAM scores). Today, I will try to cultivate more presence and awareness to the forces that truly exist in the classroom and be present among and admist these, without judgment, without reaction, without annoyance. All teachers know this is where teaching and learning truly reside.
via Flow and flux.
Around the edges of the “work” day, the stuff of great classrooms, are the small rituals of reflection, practice, and preparation. Time is of the essence of course. The choices we make with and in even our smallest acts (before and after we go about our day) can cultivate love, peace, and compassion.
My goal this year in the classroom is to be present for my students, which means I strive for presence in all aspects of my life. Wherever I am, I will give my attention. It is no easy task, but nonetheless, I practice. Space365 – Day 272 is an organic expression of my attempts to cultivate a safe and beautiful place for all. #loveisall