I am not shy in saying “I believe in God.” Everyone has that one thing that motivates them in pushing forward – a conviction. Mine is God. With that said I have this morning routine each day that I approach my school’s front doors. They’re red in color and before getting to them, I begin my morning ritual of praying for a good, safe, happy & learning day full of opportunities for my students and myself. Everyday I do this just before grasping the handle.
Why? Because I strongly believe that you should always give thanks to being given the opportunity to a new day in which you will be the best teacher that you can be. I go in smiling and I just get this overwhelming feeling that all will be well. I breathe in those familiar school smells of pencils, and crayons as I move towards the beginning of my school morning.
At the end of the day, I gather my tote bag and move towards those red doors for the last time that day. And again, I pray that I may leave all the negative issues that I may have confronted [deadlines, “surprise” observations, student misbehavior, etc.] this day and that all will begin again on a clean slate for the next morning. Once I get a hold of the handle, that’s my cue of stepping into a good afternoon with my family. I smile and move forward – towards my car that is!
Let’s face it. Who in their right mind wants to take in negative issues from the previous day to school and begin with that? On the other hand, who wants to take those negative issues and lay them on their family? Not me.