Focusing On Possibility, Not Impossibility
Is it just me, or do schools attract some really interesting people? I say “interesting,” but for a moment, allow your mind to drift to other words that might feel a bit more mean, yet at the same time, more accurate.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? While in the classroom, I had quite a few co-workers in the less-than-super-colleague category: individuals such as The Big White Guitar, The Bacon Hunter, The Fanny Pack and Ms. Cocktails Before Noon. (Click and then prepare yourselves. Oh yes, it went down.) I think it goes without saying that at times, I was guilty of taking a deficit mindset when it came to my colleagues. There was a lot of “of course she can’ts” and “why bother asking hims” and “she would never be able tos” and, well, some eye rolling. So much eye rolling.
So yes, maybe I can be a bit harsh when it comes to judging my colleagues but if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…
But what drives me insane is teachers who carry that same type of deficit oriented thinking into their actual work with students.
Ugh. Who’s with me?