Lookin’ at the Woman in the Mirror

Image may contain: ocean, text, nature, water and outdoorNever thought I would use an MMA fighter as my quotable quote of the day but here we are. 

In two days the littles show up for what promises to be a fairly amazing school year. Like all teachers, I want my space to be welcoming and warm. I want students to feel at home in the media center. I want it to be their space.

Elementary teachers are amazing in a number of ways and I stand in awe of them several times a week. This week, watching their rooms come together, made me realize I really have to up my creativity game.

I’m going to come right out and tell you that I have never thought of myself as artistically gifted. Heck, I don’t consider myself artistically anything (remember my blog about bulletin boards a couple of days ago?).

But in order to create the space I want for my students, I need to dig deep, be vulnerable and willing to make mistakes.

Granted the stakes are not high. My colleagues are encouraging and supportive. My administration knows my strengths and opportunities for growth. And the kids? Honestly, if you’ve got a good relationship with them they are incredibly appreciative when you make an effort.

So I’m starting. I am working on making the dark wood on my desk a little more festive by wrapping it in discarded book covers. I’m creating signs that tell students which books are where. And yes. I will get to the bulletin boards. My guess is they will be a version of Happy Fix.

The boards will be used to send a message to students. You are smart and loved and unique and accomplished and resilient and successful. You can and will grow and can do and be anything you set your mind to.

Even as adults, what holds us back is not what we are. It’s what we think we are. Or what we think we’re not.

Today, I am an artist. I will finish my wrap. I will create displays that remind my students that they can do it. It doesn’t matter what “it” is. “It’s” theirs for the taking.

Huge question today. Who are you? How do you see yourself? Is it a true reflection of what lies inside of you? If so, great. Keep on keepin’ on and help the rest of us get where we need to be. If not, what are some things you can do to call out your inner writer, artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, etc? Need support? All you’ve got to do is ask. I may not be terribly creative (yet) but I’m awesome at support!