Choose a favorite color or decorate it so it is easy to find. Keep it close, maybe in the front of a desk or file cabinet drawer.
When there’s a breakthrough for a student who struggles, a great reaction from the class to an activity that took a LOT of planning, or an aha moment for a capable student who may be hard to challenge, jot a quick note to yourself, add the date, and drop it in the file.
When a student or parent sends a positive note, add the date and the student’s full name (if it’s not in the note). Drop it in the file.
When your principal or a colleague shares a great story or feedback, add that to your file folder.
Then, when it’s been a rough day, when a plan goes awry, or someone makes your work just a bit more difficult than it has to be, take out your file folder and revisit all the positive notes, stories, and feedback you’ve received from the people around you!
You’ve chosen to do one of the most amazing jobs on the planet but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy! 😉