Sometime soon, we go again.
The details will differ. The locations, rooms, names, times, meetings, and agendas will be wrapped up in the contexts within which we work. But the essential business will remain. Namely: how can we do this even better?
To some this is exhausting. I get it. I know it can be. I have been exhausted and wrung out by it all too. The feeling that nothing is ever good enough. A feeling that almost always comes from within. Years ago now a colleague asked me for a link to my tracking spreadsheet. For a bewildering twenty minutes his words revolved around my head but failed to latch onto the image or idea of a spreadsheet. I simply couldn’t work out what he meant. I was exhausted.
I’m not now though. I haven’t been for a long time. I’m excited again. Just like I was for the whole of last year. And the whole of the year before.
Nothing is permanent. Other than change. And I need to continue to welcome this change throughout this next academic year. It’s change that lies at the heart of a creative classroom. The room is blank. The paper is blank. The air is still. Nothing happens. And then change. Change within the first five minutes of a lesson that can, sometimes, last a lifetime. Think about that. Think about that and then fail to be anything other than excited. Deeply satisfied.
Teachers, eh. We take the stillness, the calm, the silence. And then we shape the thoughts and word of others. It’s a craft. We take the absence of knowledge and skills and create understanding. We move minds. Challenge. Support.
And then we go again.