SOL- February 9, 2016
Do I Have the Right Stuff?
I am telling myself that I will be okay if I do not get it. That it might just be a case of numbers and not being the one to fill the groups. I am telling myself over and over that many more people apply than get accepted. I know all this is true and yet, in reality, I know that I want this so much. I also believe that it is the right time for me to benefit from this experience first hand. I think that I will be a good ambassador to share what I learn with as many people as possible. It is so scary to put myself in a position where I may get rejected. I know that these feelings are all normal, but yikes! In less than a month I will know if it is to be for me or not (this time). Until then I will do my best to work toward my goal.
Going through this right now is making me a more empathetic mom and teacher. My older son is trying to get a new job and he is not really sure what he wants it to be. He is trying to decide what his priorities are and what compromises he is willing to make. I listen and ask him questions, trying to help him listen to his head and heart. It is hard when you are not sure what you want, but is learning a lot about what might be his choices. He is setting goals and deadlines for himself.
My third graders are setting goals in new units- I am encouraging the Goldilocks method- not too easy, not too hard, but just right. Here’s where I struggle- how does anyone really know what is too easy and what is too hard without jumping in and trying. We all hope for success, but we know in our heads that it may not work out that way at the start. These students are doing a great job looking at their work and choosing their own next steps. My job is to try to support them on their paths.
Here’s to working toward success- and hoping that with practice it gets easier to take the steps toward it. I know that it is in taking chances that we grow.