Weekly Intention: The Positive Reframe

January 18, 2016

I won’t lie, last week was rough. I needed the three-day weekend I’m currently getting. My classes went great, I felt like my lessons were really productive and effective, I got some AMAZING writing from my students, and I got a lot of great feedback from them. But there were also daily struggles because that’s what being a teacher is like. I struggled a lot with what I believed is ethical in my teaching practice. I struggled a lot with what my role is supposed to be. I struggled a lot with trying to decide if I was doing the greatest good. And I struggled a lot with joining together what I believe in pedagogically and what actually works in practice and how I bridge that gap.

I was exhausted. I took a nap after school three days last week. One day it was three hours and I’d gotten a full night of sleep the night before. I was exhausted all week.

I also realized I wasn’t talking about those struggles with anyone but myself. I’m trying to be more positive this year, but simply ignoring the hard parts of the day doesn’t do anything but weigh you down, especially when you’re surrounded by creative and understanding coworkers like I am. As a teacher you’ve got to talk to coworkers to find solutions. You’ve got to ask for help. You shouldn’t spend your lunch breaks and conference periods complaining but you’ve got to reach out.

So that’s why my goal for this week is the positive reframe. It’s okay to struggle, and it’s okay to talk about it, it’s not okay to leave it at the complaint. So I’m going to focus not only on searching for the bright side, the flip side, the positive side, I’m going to focus on finding the solution. The flip side of every struggle is always finding the solution.

Already I’m excited to challenge myself with this. I’m already excited about the conversations I’m going to have to work these things out, and I’m excited to grow as a result.

So here’s to a great week ahead! I know my upcoming weekend is going to be off the charts amazing so I’m hoping to make the preceding week go the same way.

What’s your focus for the week?

Until next time,
Meagan

6 Comments

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    Meghan

    It’s hard to try and talk through some of those issues on your own. Glad you realized you needed someone to at least bounce your ideas off of. My week I’m hoping to continue the productivity trend that I started over the past few weeks.

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      Meagan Crowe

      I definitely took way too hard of a line with the “no complaining/be positive” thing. And yes keep that productivity up! I get like that for big stretches and they’re so satisfying!

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    Sara Strauss

    Last week was definitely meh and at the end of the work week I got some serious anxiety about work and whatnot, but I’m hoping this week will be much better! Gotta think positive! I joined Planet Fitness and I’m going to start exercising again, so it’s already turning out better! Good luck this week!
    ~Sara

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      Meagan Crowe

      That’s a great way to think about it! I need to start working out again so bad but this week i’m just going to try to at least keep track of my food intake. Good luck to you too! 😀

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    Kay Nyman

    Realizing the struggle is okay, and accepting that you might need to chat about it with someone is definitely a hard thing to come to term with, but it’s sound like you’re making such positive choices about it! The idea of a positive reframe – yes! My week is focused on being productive, but also realizing that if I don’t spend every second of free time towards a productive goal, that’s okay too. Sometimes I feel like I can get TOO caught up in goal meeting, and end up in a burn out. Definitely working on balancing that out!

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      Meagan Crowe

      I feel you so hard on the burnout! I do that all the time and it’s something i’m just now realizing I need to address. I thought I had a grasp on the idea of balance, but it’s not balance if it’s all work! And it’s not enjoyable/productive if you dread your to do list, even the ‘self’ to dos! Great goal for the week!

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