Sunday, September 6, 2020

Staying Positive in the Pandemic

     A lot has transpired since my last post. A lot of life has passed by--some of it filled with regrets and some not. I try not to live in the regret zone. That place can rob your joy, steal the  mission/vision of your life , and lull you into a sedentary position. So no regrets for my sabbatical. But what launched me out of my silence? Honestly? It was the constant negativity surrounding students and schools as they deal with Covid-19. Being a teenager is hard enough without having  to deal the pandemic 

    Don't get me wrong. I'm as aware as the next person about social distancing, fevers, and Covid-19. As a teacher,I know my classroom days may be numbered. "May be"  are the operative two words. I have little control over what happens to my classroom. I say "yes" to every new directive given. But what happens in my classroom? Well, I feel like I  can control that to an extent.

     With all the negativity swirling around us, I want to make my classroom a sanctuary. A place students can feel safe. A place of positivity, where optimism is the rule, not the exception.  A place  where students feel comfortable enough and connected enough to discuss issues with me. A place where the virus is acknowledged but not empowered.

        The first time I met with my students, I told them something I firmly believe: face-to-face learning, distance learning, learning online--it doesn't matter what they choose. Their happiness with their choice, and their life, can rise no higher than their attitude.Their success during this weird educational time is almost solely in their hands. Be positive. It takes less energy than negativity.

      In the teacher's lounge, in the hallway, after school--these are all times I look for the bright side and try to speak words of positivity. The world has enough darkness. Listening to the endless sniping in the news or on the radio can just add to your angst. Protect yourself. Limit your intake of negative news, and begin to look on the bright side.

     Be the person who passes on negative conversations but rather initiates positive words and actions. Be a role model for those around you.

     Make this school year the best you've had in a long time. Avoid those things that bring you down, Your students take their cue from you, so focus on the positive.Who knows? It could make all the difference.

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