March 8, 2012
Recently, Linda Baie posted on her blog TeacherDance about her one little word for this year: comfort. Specifically, she posted a Tagxedo about the things that bring us comfort in the classroom.
My one little word for 2012 is “nudge.” I chose this word because this year I want to focus on nudging others and responding to nudges as well. Linda’s post was one of those posts that caused me to feel nudged (Linda is awesome like that).
Because the teacher morale on my team has been at an all time low, because I have been dreading team meetings this year more than ever (and NOT because I don’t love my team; I do; I really do—because of what we are up against), because I am not the type of person who can just complain endlessly without taking action towards a solution, because Linda was pointing out a simple idea for change, I HAD to do something.
So, with Linda’s Tagxedo as my inspiration, I made thank you notes for the members of my team. I have a Hero Arts rubber stamp kit of retro-style stamps. So, I made cards with typewriters that said, “You’re the type of teacher all kids deserve.” Those teachers who had just received an insulting “satisfactory” rating on their evaluations, got cards with a camera that said, “When I picture an excellent teacher, I picture you, ” or cards with a telephone that said, “I would call you excellent if I were evaluating you.” I also made cards with the telephone that said, “Teaching is definitely your calling,” and “I always know I can call on you for help.” Some were given cards with a fan that said, “I’m a big YOU fan,” or “You’re cool.”
Inside each card, I wrote a sincere, specific note telling why I admire each of them.
Although the stamped image did not remain the same, each card’s front cover looked like this (did I mention I am a bit of a rebel?):
Every single one of my team members had tears in her eyes when she read her card. I felt a little bit like a fairy duster. Even if only for a moment, I saw my colleagues recognize their greatness and OWN it.
If you are here, you are awesome (it’s true, my blog button even says so). If you are here, it means you are living the life of a reader and writer. You are participating in a community of readers and writers. You are growing as a person and as a professional right this very moment.
So, even if only for this moment, please recognize your greatness and OWN it today. I appreciate you.