Mondays are for motivation on the blog and today I want to talk about something that has motivated me for years. If you are an educator and you have yet to make one of these, I highly recommend that you do. You never know when you're going to need it. Enter: The Feel-Good File.
My file is a reminder of where I've been (above, left) and where I want to go (above, right).
My file is a reminder not to take teaching so seriously.
My file is a reminder that the students are not the only ones who appreciate what you do.
No matter what you store in your feel-good file, make it things that make you smile. Your file may be full of things that no one will understand, but that's okay. Go ahead and save that paper flower the student who barely talks folded for you. Save the silly doodle you found your student,drawing of you incredibly frustrated while they were supposed to be taking notes. You are the one who knows it was drawn out of love. No one knows your journey like you do, so saving small reminders of the little victories that make it all worthwhile is essential.
After seven years of being a teacher at the same school, I am about to embark on a new journey. I can't tell you how invaluable it's been to peruse my feel good file and remember why that school and the people I have met there will always hold a special place in my heart.
As I always tell my students at the beginning of the week - Happy Monday.
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