I will be the first to say that changing one's mindset can be a daunting task! It is much easier said than done. Unfortunately, and fortunately, many teachers have a way of holding themselves to very high standards- sometimes so high that they often feel as though they've failed more times than not. This shouldn't be the case. And if we can train our brains to think intentionally, we can better accept when things don't work out as planned or when we do actually fail.
All it takes is one small step at a time. This week, that first step we'll discuss is "Determining Purpose". This sounds like an obvious thing to do when you're practicing the art of intentionality. But how often do we find ourselves thinking about the PURPOSE of each thing we do in the classroom- each activity, each conversation, each line up time, and the list goes on and on and on? If educators can take this first small step in changing our mindset and transform into intentional THINKERS, the other steps will easily fall into place.
Here is what I propose to begin:
... and that's it! You don't even have to take steps to ensure follow through! (Say whaaaaaatttt???) Remember, the whole purpose is to BEGIN adjusting your mindset to THINK intentionally. Building this habit with small pieces of your day will inevitably filter into other, more meaningful, parts of your day.
Here is an example of what my thoughts might go when determining purpose as students line up:
So, what say you?!
Will you accept the challenge and train your brain to begin thinking intentionally? No, it won't be easy to be a full-fledged intentional educator from the start. But the smallest steps, like determining purpose, can lead you there!
Welcome! I am Casey Watts- teacher, mentor, leader, mother, and wife aspiring to be much more!