I live in extremes. In the summer, I have time for reflection, questions, exploration, discussions with others and observation. During the school year, I have the privilege of spending my days reading, writing and thinking with six, seven and eight year olds. They present so many opportunities for teaching. Their art, writing, interests in reading and questions about science, math and the world help me to plan for their work. Every year when I go back to school I ache to bring my summer thinking and being with me. But the general business of the school day seems to suck all the life out of me. I want to take more time to think about my day. I need to bring these summer and school year worlds together. I want time to talk with the other educators I work with. How can I slow down? Is it as simple as making the choice to take time and reflect. Do I practice it more until it becomes habit?
Writing, reading, talking and listening seem to be the best ways for me to reflect. I hope my students are getting enough time to engage in these activities to actualize their learning. As a learner, I am feeling overwhelmed with tasks that are taking away too much of my energy that should be focused on reflecting and planning. I need to find a way to stop expending the majority of my energy on managing and move toward a more reflective way of living.