I believe I am ready. Clothes chosen, alarm set, attitude ~ great! My plan of action, to find the joy in little things, and little people. This means sharing books I love, web sites I find interesting, and technology that will spur curiosity. I do realize this will be difficult as we are so tied to data and testing scores, but I have been thinking, reflecting actually, and I think that making this small difference daily in the lives of my students will enable them to better handle all the content and stress that is present in their school lives.
This week at school I have offered to teach a quickie picture book evaluation lesson and then have students use that to vote for the book that they think will be the Caldecott winner. Many teachers have accepted the offer, so my days leading up the the ALA midwinter will be immersed in Caldecott discussions, fun!
I am also opening at selected recess times for students to learn about websites with great activities. There is never enough time to share these in a formal setting, so I'm going to try this. Maybe I'll even bring back the Lunch Bunch book clubs. Whatever I can to do to bring joy into my teaching day. I'll bet I will learn more about joy from these activities with students than I can possibly teach them.