Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday SOL: What makes you joyful?

This is a Tuesday
Slice of Life.
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day. 
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The root of joy is gratefulness. It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.
- David Steindl-Rast

Teachers are expected to be joyful and to create joyful learning experiences for students. What makes me joyful in the classroom? What makes it possible for me to be joyful in the classroom? What are my gratitudes?

I am grateful for
  • three year olds, and their boisterous energy, their infectious laughter, their curiosity and questions
  • playing and learning alongside them
  • always coming home with something sweet, silly, or laugh-out-loud funny to share about my day
  • the freedom I am given to teach, to teach the way I want to teach. I love not following a script, but having guidelines and expectations - and the flexibility to teach the way I'd like within these
  • how much I move in my work, how physical each day is, how healthy this makes me feel.
  • my colleagues, who offer me unlimited support, encouragement, and shared stories
  • the diversity of my school and my staff, how we work to know one another, how we collaborate together
  • my Teaching Resident, who comes to work with a big smile and energy, radiating a desire to be there
  • the variety of my day and all the unexpected that happens in the midst of routine and plans - it makes me feel mentally sharp
  • the young families who are sharing their children with me

What are your gratitudes? What makes you joyful?


  1. I wrote today about one thing that gives me joy, Maureen, the grand-girls, and the list you shared takes me into a classroom again with all those wonderful things about being a teacher. That was a joy, too. Thanks for reminding me!

  2. You show such a positive outlook! You are clearly the perfect person to be working with pre-schoolers!

  3. You show such a positive outlook! You are clearly the perfect person to be working with pre-schoolers!

  4. This was a joy to read! A few years ago I started losing my joy for teaching for many reasons. I look for ways to bring the joy back and make meaningful experiences for my students. I'm so much happier again, remembering what teaching is really all about.

  5. How wonderful to read only positive thoughts!

  6. Love the quote and your list. I'm also grateful that I don't have to use a script, that I get to create my own lessons. And today I received flowers from two students. From three to teens, kids amaze me!

  7. Thanks for this reminder of the importance of gratitude! You certainly have lots of joy in your day! :-)