I haven’t visited this post since I wrote it and to say that it was accidental would be a lie. If I give pause and attempt to reflect on this past school year, I can only say that I’m glad I got through it. Certainly not a ringing endorsement of all that was accomplished, but so much of what we experienced (staff and students) was shaped by events that were out of our control. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but let’s just say we had some “personnel” issues that pushed our site into the local news and left us without leadership for half the year.
So how does one thrive in the midst of chaos? I really don’t know. The teaching profession (as I’ve experienced it, anyway) doesn’t allot for or encourage reflection. Sure, we ask kids to reflect on their academic (and sometimes social) performance, but on the whole, teachers aren’t participating in that same practice. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that through the initial upheaval of the the school year, we just kept on. Kept on teaching, kept on surviving, kept on. I think subconsciously, we kept on because we knew we had to. For our kids, for our parents and for our community. But is that what it means to thrive? I don’t know.
I’m not sure what my plan for the upcoming school year is or will be and honestly, I’m not sure I’m interested in making anymore “wild” declarations that cast them in stone. Instead, maybe I should just be and instead of trying to navigate what I hope will happen, live fully in what is.