The school year is over, or almost over, for many educators in the US. It has been a difficult and stressful year, full of challenges and opportunities for growth, but also joyful and peaceful moments.
As you are winding down and getting ready to start your summer, take some time to reflect on what you learned this year. If it’s helpful, use these prompts to guide your reflection:
Describe something you were proud of accomplishing and why it was important.
Illustrate your favorite classroom project.
Describe a challenging situation that you were able to resolve.
Describe a new friendship or connection.
List your favorite books and describe what they made you think about.
Describe something you learned this year that will help you in the future.
Identify what brought joy to your heart.
As discussed in an earlier post, reflection is an essential part of learning. When we reflect on our experiences, we are growing our HEART capacity and also making space for new learning to take place. For me, getting Teaching with the HEART in Mind out into the world gave me many opportunities for growth. And I am grateful for that.
Reflecting on the past school year may also provide you with important data about what your body, mind and soul need this summer. Ask yourself what you really need to relax. Sleeping in, going for a walk in the woods, having drinks with a good friend; whatever helps you unwind from the busy-ness of the school year, make it a priority.
We often return from vacation feeling exhausted or frustrated because the days were packed with activities and we did not do the one thing we really wanted to do. Don’t let it happen! Claim your space, and take care of yourself.
Summer is for self-empathy.