February is my LEAST favorite month as a teacher. The newness has worn off, spring standardized testing is looming, everyone is stuck inside to often, and Summer is in view. The first year February was bearable was the year I began teaming. I finally had some other people who shared my frustrations and encouraged me. I have had some experiences in the last few weeks, which make me know the face to face interactions I have with teachers invigorate me and fuels my own passion. We are very social creatures and need encouragement. We also need to encourage. Opening doors and listening is one of the most powerful gifts we give our peers.
So, as I sit here hiding behind my screen, I am making myself a challenge to interact with someone different each day this coming week. In that interaction I will make a concerted effort to encourage and reflect. I am wondering what will happen.