In all honesty, coming back into the building and visiting classrooms, while still conducting virtual walkthroughs has allowed me to see a shift in how much school has changed. A couple of weeks ago, some fourth grade students shared with me that they missed the old school that they were use to. I asked them what they meant by that, and they said that they miss not being able to go to the cafeteria for lunch, or go to the gym for PE due to COVID guidelines. They also said they missed going to the gym in the mornings for our school wide morning meetings. I chuckled when one of the students let out a long sigh and said "yeah, those were the good old days".
So much of this "new normal" has caused us to press the reset button on our daily routines. And honestly, I believe new beginnings give us the chance to do things differently. Now it's not the same as the New Year's resolutions that we make at the beginning of the year that we don't keep past the first week of January (i.e. eating healthy, exercising more, etc.). No, new beginnings challenge us to truly reflect on how we can improve in certain areas of our life; whether it's in our career, relationships, or our social/emotional well being. Hitting the reset button in life allows you to start over while being open to new opportunities. So if you're reading this post, remember that you can start over and meet the wonderful possibilities that your path in life has for you...no matter your age, gender, or race. Under this week's Intentional Tool Kit, I share a great article about hitting the reset button on your life. The article also includes a wellness wheel exercise that you can try. And I also have created a FREE pdf workbook that you can download. You can jot down ideas that support your plan for goal-setting as you restart key areas of your life. I hope you find those resources useful. You can also access a free digital copy of the New Beginnings Journal by visiting my store at Teachers Pay Teachers.com (TpT). Search for me under Intentional Instruction by Dr SP Brown.
And since we're talking about new beginnings, head on over to the podcast to hear about how I have been inspired to hit the reset button on rebranding Intentional Instruction just for you...my amazing "I-Team". Until next time, go out there and be GREAT!
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