Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

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Today’s 5 Minute Friday topic is “reflect”…

I am definitely in a reflective state of mind as of late.  As each semester comes to an end for me, I always start to reflect back on what worked and what didn’t work so I can start preparing for the next set of classes I will have.  I try to fix the things that didn’t work and expand on the things that did work.  Sometimes I feel like I get stuck in the reflecting though and I begin to lose sight of what the purpose of the reflection really should be, which is action.  I get bogged down in frustration about why something I thought would work didn’t or where I fell behind in grading and how that may have impacted the remainder of the class or why something worked that did work and how I can make that work in other areas…all thought, no action.

Reflection is really important.  Without looking back, we will not move forward in an efficient and meaningful way.  But, if we just get stuck looking back, we can’t move forward without running into things in our backward-looking blindness.

I am feeling okay about this past semester’s teaching.  Not great, but okay.  Definitely better than I have in some semesters in recent years.  I would like to continue to make more improvements though.  I know exactly what kind of teacher I WANT to be, but sometimes I just can’t get the actual implementation down.

It is the same in the rest of my life as well.  This past year has been pretty much a bust if I were to look back at my New Year’s Resolutions from last year (if I even called them that).  I have not accomplished many of the important things I wanted to change or create or act on.  Instead, I’ve gone along, doing many of the same things that I have been doing.  Sure, I accomplished some things.  I did some things that I enjoyed.  But, I didn’t really create anything new in myself or my surroundings.  As I reflect, I realize that part of that was because I have been living a life of anxiety.  That is what needs to change before anything else can…

Time’s up…kind of an abrupt stoppage.  But, that was actually really eye-opening.  I don’t think I’d realized so clearly the connection to anxiety that so many things in my life have. Something to think about…

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