As we begin a new year, I want to encourage all teachers to reflect on all the good in education. The colleagues who make your day, the team that helps you get through the day, and the students that are the reason that you show up each day. Teaching has never been more difficult. There are many reasons to be discouraged or frustrated; however, there are many more reasons to embrace the joy of teaching.
Start your collection of “Mason Jar Moments”. The notes that you receive from students or parents, a picture of a class project or field trip that made you proud, and even a note to yourself about a lesson that rocked or that student that you were finally able to reach. “Mason Jar Moments” are intended to make us reflect on all that is good about being a teacher.
When you have a challenging day, open that jar and grab a bit of encouragement and remember why you teach. Why you work endless hours designing lessons and grading papers. Why you stay afterschool or come early to provide extra help to struggling students. Why you spend your own money on school supplies and snacks for the students that don't have any. It is because you make an immeasurable difference in the lives of children every day!
Want to share this idea with others? You can print a tag to tie onto a mason jar and place directions inside the jar (see below). Click HERE for printable. You can even jump start the preservation of our profession with placing a note in each jar to let your colleagues or staff know how much you appreciate them!
If you would like to share some of your "Mason Jar Moments" with me, please email email@example.com or tweet to @lpijanowski. Be sure to include pictures if you have them. I will begin a collection of Mason Jar Moments to continue to encourage and uplift teachers around the world!
Thank you for all you do and I hope this year surpasses your wildest dreams! Make it a great year!