Celebrate.

rainbow alphabet written with sidewalk chalk on a playground
rainbow alphabet written with sidewalk chalk on a playground

It has been difficult to know where to start. The millions of things that could be said, the things I want to debate, the conversations that I want to have…

Years of experience, problems solved as part of several brilliant teams, the things I’ve learned once I crossed from professional to parent, how do I distill it into any particular starting point?

And yet — easy. Because it all comes back to this: I am the luckiest person in the world. I fall in love with my job all over again every single day. I work with people who see the magic in every small moment. We celebrate every first word. We see the beauty and creativity that exists in lines of matchbox cars. We swing, we draw, we paint, we build sheep and cows and Elmo from play-doh.

Teaching can be difficult. There are plenty of posts about how difficult it can be. Paperwork, lack of planning, salaries that are far too low, so many needs and not enough time, state-directed standards and assessments…

But there is so much delight to be had in a classroom every day. There are children’s smiles and giggles and the wonder of experiencing something for the very first time. There is the light in a child’s eyes when they are seen, truly seen. Or, for many of my students, when they are heard — through their very own voice. Amidst everything else, amidst the search to be better, to do better, amidst it all: celebration.

That feeling? That is what drives me.

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