NOTICE ….. FIND MEANING ….. LEARN
I don’t know if it is the full moon, continual changing of the weather patterns in Alberta or the onset of upheaval in the classrooms due to Christmas Concert rehearsals. Tensions are rising, anxiety is in the air, and I am even more in need of the quiet mornings and evenings in my living room with a candle and a beverage of my choosing. Mindfulness is the buzz right now and I am eager to use it daily….. In the MIND Up Curriculum I came across a set of statements to think about or journal about, that can be so useful for adults and students alike… no matter what your occupation, age or economic status. http://www.safeacceptingschools.ca/index.php/safeschools/resources/the-mind-up-curriculum-grades-6-8
What I noticed ….. Identify/think about/become aware of our perceptions and assumptions, our feelings; how are our senses responding to our environment and how does all of this impact our reactions to our environment.
What it means ….. How did I feel? Then … How did I react? What did I say or do in response to what I noticed… and why?
What I learned …. About myself ; my perceptions ; my assumptions ; my sensory self ; my quickness to react ; my tolerance to my environment and the people that are in it ??
If we can’t/ don’t/ or won’t learn from our experiences and relationships and interactions …. then how are we going to move forward in life?
In my Learning Coach/IEL role, I am always encouraging teachers to be the detectives in our classrooms, in our hallways, in the playground areas. We look for the patterns, the strengths and areas of growth for our students. We are having formal/informal dialogues and reflecting conversations regarding what the students are telling us/showing us about their strengths and about what they need – through their behaviors or lack of certain behaviors. (What I noticed …)
How are we adjusting the environment and activities to meet all those needs? In SBST discussions we continue to gather information about the teachers’ and students’ current realities. We study the data, observations, work samples, cum files …and formulate a plan of intervention to move the child forward and a plan of action to tweak the teaching practices to move the teacher forward. (What it means ….)
Hopefully, before the end of the year we can all see growth and learning in the students, growth and learning in the classroom and school community, growth and learning in all the staff (What I learned…)
because …. GUESS what ???
There are going to be more full moons, and schedule interruptions and variable weather conditions in our fine province. Change is forever happening and we just need to continue to be mindful about what we are choosing to NOTICE about ourselves and our teaching; what it MEANS for us and our students and fellow staff members; and what we will choose to LEARN from it all.