What can I learn from 2017 and what are my personal and teaching resolutions for 2018?
2017 has been a hard year. Continuing to battle for my son’s dyslexic needs has led to frustration and disappointment. The more knowledgeable and highly trained I have become, the more defensive the school has become.
Look for light, within and without.
Reflection, of course, has two meanings: The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it and serious thought or consideration.
- Continue to reflect on my teaching practice and to strive to have more balance and distance between my emotional and professional responses.
- Spend more time outdoors, in meditation and yoga.
Be resilient but know when a battle is already lost or not worth fighting.
Continue to be resilient but also to be more cautious, part of this is about managing emotional responses and assessing personal risk; both risk to self and how that impacts on my family.
Can I say ‘no’?
Learn to firmly say ‘no’. At a writing workshop last year, one of the women suggested visualising a big FULL STOP. Yes, that feels like it could work! Create more boundaries between personal and professional life.
Having been a lifelong pleaser, it is hard to say ‘no’. This is my 50th year, the year I learn to say ‘no’ politely and firmly!
Having to battle for the needs of my dyslexic son seems to have awakened my inner tiger. A number of times last year, I was accused of being ‘aggressive’. Yes, I can be fierce, how can I channel this energy or power, this force.
- Perhaps there was a point where I should have said ‘no’ much sooner.