This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe to get notified when I post new updates.
Treasure has a different meaning to each person. To me, it means something of value that is found or discovered. Sometimes treasures are found by accident and sometimes they are found on purpose. Sometimes you have to dig for treasure in order to find it. As an educator, I find treasures daily and they don’t always appear to be treasures at first.
A treasure could be a student finally mastering addition with regrouping. It might be a meaningful conversation had with a coworker. Treasures are sweet moments with the student that you are constantly disciplining. Treasures can come in various forms. Treasures are moments, good or bad, in which you or your students learn a great lesson.
The educational community can be difficult to navigate. Some educators are fully submerged in the profession. They see every day in a positive light. However, this is not always the case. Some teachers may not see the profession in such an incredible way. This perspective can come with some serious consequences As you well may know, we have a TOUGH job. On a daily basis, teachers make about 1,500 decisions. This means we are consistently consumed with what decisions will impact our instruction, students, and school. We barely have time to enjoy the moment and see the fruits of our labor.
It can be disheartening, not seeing the reward from all the effort you are putting in each day. This is why we must look for the meaningful moments (the treasures) to remind us of the power of our profession. What we do matters.
The purpose behind Teaching Treasures is to focus on finding the treasures in each day of being an educator. By reflecting on each day and picking out a moment or two that really made a difference in my life, I am able to share my treasure. It may be a successful moment in my day and it may be a time that I felt defeated, but learned something new.
Teaching is not all butterflies and rainbows. Being transparent is something the world lacks. Everyone likes to pretend they have it all together, but in all actuality… we know we don’t! We constantly are instilling Growth Mindset with our students, but we fail to apply it to ourselves!
My hope is that through Teaching Treasures, I will be able to encourage others to be honest and find meaning and treasure in the work we do. In order to continue loving and learning, it is important to be reflective. It is not going to be easy, but it is necessary. I believe the reflection will benefit me and I encourage you to do the same. I will choose to find the treasure in the journey of teaching.