As educators, the day we look forward to the most is that first day with our students, when they arrive in their new, clean clothes, eager with their supplies, excited to start a new year. However, I would argue that the first day back seeing colleagues (before students return) is worthy of the same type of excitement.
The usual response when I ask my colleagues, “How was your summer?” is “Short.” I generally tell them, “Everyone says that, come on!” It’s always great to see everyone back in school looking refreshed and ready for the challenges of a new year. And on day one, we all feel we can rise to meet them. The excitement is contagious.
Unfortunately, the reality for many is that this will not last through the year. For whatever reason, people forget the “can-do” attitude they brought back from the summer and lose sight of the fact that they still “can-do” throughout the year, even when they think they can’t.
This year, I am committed to maintaining a “can-do” attitude throughout the year, even when things get really rough (which I know they will). Are you?