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The struggle against excess body fat can be daunting. It's something I am taking on and, like so many administrators who try to give marathon lessons, thinking they will work, I am overtraining.

I'm sure you can understand my motivation. I want to get my health in order, take care of myself, and have future employers seeing the real me. We want out students to be seen as the little geniuses that they are too. Sometimes we can overdo it, can't we?

I mentioned in a previous post that I noticed my teaching becoming pedantic and looked at my lessons more carefully. I realized that I was pushing the students so hard that we didn't play any games in the past few weeks! Singing for the joy of it, along with laughing and giggling are vital parts of education. Taking joy in exercise and physical challenge is also a joy. I need to treat my workouts and my weight-loss journey as a joyful jaunt into a different realm of self-awareness. As teachers, we need to see our days as adventures in our students' self-awareness.

It's so easy to teach to the test. Our careers depend on it. But that would be like me working-out-to-the-scale. I've lost 8 inches and 3 pounds! Urgh, that's disappointing. According to the scale, this isn't working. Well, the scale is just one tool among many, just as high-stakes tests are just one (very flawed) tool.

When you face each new month this year, take a moment to look past those big tests and be creative with your activities and assessments. Make sure that joy and laughter and kindness are primary objectives. We don't need any more geniuses, but we could use some intelligent people with hearts.


organized chaos said…
What a great analogy, and so true! It reminds me of the time in first grade right before we give the DRA assessment. We're reading non-stop and it's really not much fun. After it's over we finally relax, put on plays, sing songs, and have fun. The kids get so much more joy out of reading the songs and plays than the stressed lessons we put them through in early May.
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