Time for Me

For the past couple of years, every March we have a workshop day that is “our choice”. We have to attend 3 of the offered sessions, but there are always so many that it’s not hard to find ones that pertain to you or interest you.

This year I decided that my professional development day schedule was going to be all about me. Selfish? Maybe. However, I believe that there are things going on in my life- my brain- that I am sort of, “losing control” over, and I know that to really be the best I can be for my students, I need to be the best I can be for myself.

The three sessions I signed up to take are:

Mindfulness in Every Day Life –   Below is the snipit that intrigued me, and below that, is why:

“Would you enjoy bringing greater awareness to all that you do?  Meditation practitioner, musician, and licensed massage therapist offers some simple practices to help us “show up” more fully and to cultivate greater ease at work, home, in the world.”

“Show up more fully”- Man, there are many days I don’t do this. I get to school, knowing I need to do this, that, and the other thing; but my mind is not there. I’m thinking about how much time I don’t have with people I love because our schedules are so crazy, or about how I bailed (or think about bailing) on Sunday dinner with my parents because I just need the time to breathe my own air and Sunday nights are really the only time I ever have to do that. I think about the afternoon schedule, a full day of school and then a meeting, and then practice, and then tutoring, and oh yeah there’s no food at home so what will we do for dinner?

I want to learn how to cultivate greater ease at work, home, and in the world. 

Don’t Get Pushed Around:

“In this session, participants will learn how to deal with being pushed around both physically and inter-personally. This course will teach you how to handle yourself when someone is pushing you around by bossing, bullying, attempting to dominate, etc.in daily situations. “

“…teach you how to handle yourself when someone is pushing you around…”- Now, I don’t physically get pushed around; and I’m not even sure if there is anyone who really intentionally pushes me around. However, I definitely know I feel like I get pushed around, and whether that’s me not saying “no” enough, or me not sticking up for myself- I don’t know. I’m hoping this course will paint a clearer picture for me, and, how to help.

Incredible Health and Function:

“What is health to you? Is it feeling good? Come learn how there is more to your health than how you feel and how your nervous system works to keep you healthy! Also- come learn about text neck and how it effects your students.” (<–hey, I guess there is something in there for the kids! 🙂 )

I chose this session for 2 reasons-

  1. I am on the 5210 Health Committee at my school. We’ve recently started implementing things to help us achieve “5210 Status” (look in to this if you don’t know what it is and get your school on board!!). I wanted to take this course to see what else I could try to incorporate in to the year- what we can introduce to students, health wise, what we can try with them, and, what we can offer as informational pieces to help further the health education of our students and staff.
  2. I’m curious! I mean- health, to me, is feeling good. Physically and mentally (though I lack in both currently). I’m excited to hear what is being offered in this session and what I can try to add to my daily routines with myself as well as my students.

Bonus- text neck info! Because Lord knows I have 20 third graders who have phones nicer than mine!

I feel a little bad for not choose topics that may help my students more than me; for example, any of the writing, math, or science topics. However, I know, deep down, I need this just as much, so that I can be a better (the best!) teacher I can be for them! Here’s to hoping I don’t regret these decisions!

5 thoughts on “Time for Me

  1. paulabourque says:

    I told the district years ago that we needed to start offering self-care for professional development. They were resistant and now it is the most popular offering at our EdCamp PD day. I’m doing the mindfulness and the exercise sessions after I present my session. KUDOS to you for knowing how important being “selfish” is to sustainable teaching practices. Let’s have a great workshop day!


  2. mcoop1st says:

    I’m really glad you chose to do things for you! You deserve it! I chose to follow a few other teachers and sign up for what they signed up for. I didn’t even want to think about it.


  3. MDOMIN says:

    Wow! good for you! I wish you would bring me along to all of these sessions! I am so happy that you are being selfish is in this way. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t be the best teachers we want to be for our kids. Enjoy!!!!

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