Have the Best School Year Ever!
Step One to Having the Best School Year Ever
Step one to having the best school year ever is to have the best summer ever! You are always in control of your mindset. Your mindset determines your mood, and your mood is a key determinate of your energy level! Whether you are preparing to take a week-long cruise or tackle a week’s worth of laundry, spend a few moments ahead focusing on the fact that this is something that you “get” to do, rather than something that you “have” to do.
Sure, it is easier to look forward to the cruise than the laundry, but come on… Most of us have the benefit of being able to launder our clothes within the comfort of our homes, with the added advantage of machines that do most of the work for us. The seven dwarfs had it right, “Whistle while you work!”
The best way to convince our students that they “get” to become proficient mathematicians is to lead by example. We have lots of opportunities over the summer to practice living in gratitude and keeping our mindset positive. It is easier to form this habit when we don’t have assignments to grade, meetings to attend and paperwork to complete.
When we are able to convince students to embrace the attitude that their education is a privilege, rather than a burden, we keep them coming back for more! We are all wonderful sales people when we fully believe in what we are selling. Give yourself the gift of a positive mindset this summer!
Get started right away!
- Take a moment and ponder the rest of your day.
- Make a list of the tasks that need to be completed. (Be reasonable and prioritize, but that is a topic for a future post!)
- Focus on the first task and imagine attacking the task with your most positive attitude and getting optimal results. Spending a bit of time mindfully preparing for a task can lead to a significantly better outcome.
- At day’s end, think back over your completed tasks and evaluate – Did you keep your mindset positive? Did you get positive results?
As you continue this practice, it will become a habit and you’ll be approaching all of your tasks as treasures without having to give your mindset much thought at all! By the time you have a bunch of grading to do and a list of meetings to attend, you’ll be welcoming the experience with the confidence that you will be rewarded with positive results. When we go into a situation with a positive outlook, we are able to exit the situation with a more positive outcome.
To read more about living and learning mindfully, refer to The Learning Bubble.
Please reach out as you embrace the process of developing a positive mindset! Let me know of both your trials and tribulations. Let’s support one another on this journey! Post comments here, but also get in touch and sign-up for free lesson plans.
Have the best summer ever and look forward to the best school year ever!
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