- Why do you get here so early?
- Why do you stay so late?
- Why do you care so much?
- Why are you trying so hard?
Towards the end of the year as I was getting my room ready for testing, I took down all of the pictures my students had drawn me throughout the year that I'd hung up around my desk. I put all of these drawings and notes in slipcovers and kept them all in a binder on my shelf. Students noticed me doing this, and continued to bring me letters and drawings asking if I would put them in the binder too. On the last day of school, I got to add many more to the binder. When several of my kids cried telling me bye that day, I came full circle back to my why.
Going into this year, I know there will be days that I'm in "just get through today" mode and others that I'm the passionate, positive teacher I want to be. For those less motivated days, I've created a folder on my desktop with things to remind me of my why- essays I wrote during college, answers to application questions, youtube videos, TED talks, blog posts, etc.
Does anyone else have these days? What do you do to remind yourself of your "why"?