Yesterday was a tough day. By 9:00 am I had already heard the sounds of inconsolable tears, head banging, colorful language, and "Mrs. Wallace!" more than enough to make me want to change my name. A student was aggressing toward our para, more tears from another, and we had 2 restraints by the end the day. And, it was a half day. After the phone calls home, restraint paper work, incident reports, and a debriefing meeting, I didn't get home until my usual time on a regular dismissal day, 4:30 pm. That evening, when my husband came home and asked how my day went, I responded with "Great!" Wait...what?
My day was great. Despite the endless tears, assaults, bolts, and work refusal, my day was
One kiddo who was restrained by 11 am turned the day around, followed directions, and even told me he didn't want to go home! (this is a friend new to our school, thus getting him in the swing of these changes has been challenging) I tried a new approach with another friend who has been struggling emotionally and it was successful! A kiddo who is significantly behind in reading was able to read a passage today that he was not able to read last term! And, my most favorite moment of the day: another new student who I suspect is suffering from depression and who I have not seen smile since arriving in our school, asked a classmate to play tag and smiled the entire time! I think I even heard a chuckle!
So yes, today was great, and you can see why.
So often, the bad experiences overpower the good ones. We rarely stop and think about the successes we've had throughout the day, but God knows as soon as something "bad" happens, that's all we think about. How many times have you had something not-so-great happen to you, then another small not-so-great thing happen, then you do something like, stub your toe, and all of a sudden, it's the worst day! We've all been there, some of us more than others.
I've been struggling this year to find a balance between personal and professional life. I've also struggled to find a balance between my academic demands and behavioral ones in my classroom. But, because of these struggles, and my "not-so-great" days, I've learned that my day depends on my outlook. Earlier this year today may have been a "not-so-great" day in my book - just another one to add to the list. Instead, I chose to look at today as a success. Each small victory I experienced today added up to become a great day! Instead of dwelling on each small "defeat"and adding them together to make a bad day, I choose to change my outlook and only "do the math" on the victories. I challenge you to do the same.
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