June is my month of renewed power.
I have returned to what I know about decisions. When I make a decision, I do it. There is no compromise. My life has changed when I made the decision. Usually there is a plan that goes along with it to make sure there is action.
One example is I have decided to take my health back. One factor is to drink more water. I have decided to drink 64 oz of ice water daily. Most days it is more but I know if I drink 2 White Sox souvenir glasses worth I am good. I am not preferring to be more hydrated…I am doing it.
I want to live my life doing the things that light me up. Feeling good in my body is one of them.
Another way that I light up is when I can share the things that I am learning and that are important to me with my students.
One of the concepts I was introduced to this week is called Priming. It is just what it sounds like – you prime yourself for the day. Today is my second day of participating in a priming exercise and it is powerful. The first time I cried and I am not a crier. The emotions gripped me so fiercely it was the only way to let out the emotion.
As I was on my walk today it occurred to me I can do this with my class in the fall. I am going to incorporate a priming exercise in the fall with my kindergarteners. They are going to learn how to start their day with breathing, gratitude, happiness, pride, and projection.
I will solidify the plan for the fall but the skeleton pieces are as follows:
- Deep breathing with body movements
- Space for them to honor something they are thankful for
- Space for them to bring them back to a moment they were happy
- Space for them to learn what pride is and for them to be brought back to a moment they were proud of themselves
- Space for them to think of something they want to see themselves doing in the future
If we start the day this way I can invite influence for my students to have the best day possible. We will all learn from each other.
I am so excited to have made this decision.
I am also excited to start using the EL Education Kindergarten curriculum with my students. I cannot wait to teach them protocols.
What decisions have you made today?