Yesterday I vowed to keep a list of positives throughout the day today in hopes of helping my mood and focus. Well…I have a list. It took me until lunch time to actually start writing anything down, but by the end of the day my list covered both sides of a post-it note.
- Cooler weather
- Students positive responses to having a choice between whiteboards and popsicle sticks for writing or constructing their rhythmic patterns.
- Hearing, “I got it right!”
- Receiving three books from students off of my book fair list.
- Unplanned, improvised “singing” of one of those books.
- A student who has severe anxiety, always sits alone and doesn’t speak to me, accepted a music stamp on his hand when leaving class today.
Was it a perfect day? No-there’s no such thing. But was it a good day? Yes. And even though I may not be able to use my mood as an indicator for the success of the day, I can look back on my list and be reminded of the things that were good. Funny thing is, almost all the items are things over which I have little or no control.
So what do I have control over? Continuing to look for the positive. My responses to the people and situations I encounter. Loving my family, friends, and students.
Any guesses which book I sang today? It was super fun!