How I want my students to be ? Mindful and playful. That would sum up everything about my teaching.
This tweet from Cristina (@surreallyno) made me sit up straight yesterday morning. I’d just gotten done with a blog about what one person called “the mid-year blues” (cue soulful guitar solo), and just felt kind of blank when this came across my Twitter feed. Wow. That’s all I could think of when I saw it, and it has really stuck with me over the last day.
I’m that teacher who the administrator walks in an we are all laughing about something absolutely ridiculous. I love to tease, to laugh, to let kids know that we all do dumb things from time to time and it’s perfectly all right to laugh at yourself. Yet, we’ll also slow down and talk about how that laughter might make someone feel if done in a way that’s mean spirited, in a way that’s hurtful. I want my students to feel comfortable, yet, to be able to know where that line is in their own lives.
Mindful and playful. Simple yet powerful words that if we’d simply allow ourselves to be, would make a world of difference in our professional and personal lives.
What do you thing?
January 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm
I am so relieved when I find happy teachers, so to speak. Laughter is such a powerful and yet natural way to connect to people (and children!) that I am always surprised at how serious some teachers can be.
And oh, loved your “mischief” tweet, as well! 🙂