Friday, May 1, 2015

What's Your Countdown?

Thanks, @StephFrosch for this GREAT reminder!

Like many of you, I've been feeling overwhelmed lately. So much to do, so little time, and exhaustion takes over before my to-do list is finished. My energy and attention has been pulled in so many different directions that I feel like I'm not giving anything or anyone what is deserved. I've found myself counting down the days instead of focusing on what makes the days count. It's amazing how interventions happen when you need them the most. Two things happened today that helped me remember what really counts.



I started my morning reading a great post by a fellow educator Craig Vroom (@Vroom6). He wrote about the importance of ending the school year with the same amount of PASSION and ENERGY as if it were August. It really helped me to refocus, recharge and be ready to go. Craig discusses shifting the traditional end of the year countdown. 

"Instead of counting down the days until summer vacation by removing a link of the chain each day, we will remove a link of the chain that will be counting the days of learning remaining, of being with friends, of getting the most out of our academic journey."

I highly recommend checking out Craig's latest post below:
http://www.fueling-education.com/2015/04/paper-chains.html?spref=tw&m=1



Thanks to ideas from our staff, we started the school day with a TREMENDOUS send off for our student athletes competing at the Special Olympics. This brought Craig's blog post to life. It's about creating experiences that our kids will never forget...up until the final minute of the final day. Making each day count. Our staff and students made that happen this morning in a BIG way. I was overwhelmed with emotion looking at the faces of our athletes as they ran through the banners made by their peers. My heart was full of pride watching 400 other students and staff cheering on their classmates. What an AMAZING experience! What an AMAZING school family! What a AMAZING reminder to slow down and take time to make the moments count.