Welcome, educators and leaders, to school year 2023-2024!
Even as the new academic bustle unfolds, I want to check in: How are you? Truly. As we champion the future, the mental and emotional well-being of our educators and leaders plays a pivotal role in shaping vibrant and thriving classrooms.
Introducing: The Word of the Year (WOTY) Approach
Let’s move beyond traditional goal-setting. Instead of those black-and-white targets, let’s embrace the spectrum of possibilities. How? Through the WOTY.
- 🌟 Flexibility Over Rigidity: It’s a guiding sentiment, not a strict checkpoint.
- 🌱 Opportunity to Flourish: Reflect on what you wish to cultivate this year.
- 🎯 A Beacon: When lost amid tasks, your WOTY brings you back, reminding you of your core focus.
Discover Your Word: A 5-Step Exercise
This isn’t about pressure. It’s about introspection and clarity. Take a breather, set a timer for 8-10 minutes, grab a paper or download our special guide HERE, and let’s delve in:
- Feel: How do you want to FEEL this school year?
- Purpose: WHY is this feeling important to you?
- Recognition: Identify moments you already EXPERIENCE this feeling, in both personal and professional spheres.
- Initiation: Recognize a SMALL STEP that can amplify this feeling today.
- Support: Who or what will ASSIST you in this journey?
Remember, keep this WOTY visible – a note on your desk, a monthly phone reminder, anywhere to continually draw your focus towards your intention.
My WOTY? “HOPE”. I aim to shed the negativity shadowing our education system and focus on what I can influence, nurturing hope that we’re progressing, one empowered teacher, one thriving school at a time.
What’s your guiding word? More importantly, what’s your WHY?
💌 Share with Us: Hit REPLY and let’s discuss your chosen WORD and its significance for this school year.
📣 CALL TO ACTION:
Embark on a transformative academic journey. Download the WOTY guide and let’s together make this year resonate with purpose, clarity, and most importantly, well-being.