Time: Be a Gardener
There are so many sayings that refer to time; they dance around in conversations everyday…
It’s only a matter of time…
Time is of the essence…
Time has a way of showing what really matters...
Time is flying by...
You have to make time for the things you love…
We are racing against time...
Time is precious...
The Frustration of Time
I struggle with time… I never have enough time. Trying to juggle family, friends, and profession is no new struggle to many of your out there.
There is nothing more frustrating than to pour your heart into something or someone that shows no return. We can see this in our profession and in our personal lives.
Professionally, throughout the years, I have researched, planned, and carried out several lesson plans that didn’t show as much impact as I had wished for. I have mentored many other educators, only to see them not embrace our professional learning relationship.
Personally, throughout the years, I have been raised by a loving mother, but had an absent father. When I was young, I put effort into the relationship with him, but the return wasn’t present.
Time has passed, just like it is passing now.
The Lesson of Time
What have I learned about time? Time doesn’t stop for any reason. So, how do we deal with that? Reflection. Prioritizing. Outcome.
We must reflect on our priorities in life by focusing on the outcome. I have found myself asking myself these questions…
- Is this worth it?
- Do I have time?
- What type of outcome will happen?
- Will making time for this help me grow?
The Action of Time
What have I done about time? There have been lots of gardening; taking out the weeds and nurturing the plants. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a pro at this WHATSOEVER! I am constantly gardening.
What will you do with time? Are you at a place that your garden needs to be weeded?
The Time in the Classroom
Focus? One word, but so powerful. What is your focus in the classroom? The answer to that question should overtake your time. What are you dedicated too? The answer to that question should overtake your time. What shows the most growth within yourself and the students? The answer to that question should overtake your time.
We need to be advocated of time. We need to model a positive use of time to our students in a way that impacts how they look at time.
I do not have a clock in my classroom, which drives everyone in the building crazy, and my students (at first), but I believe that if I have students engaged because I have maintained focus where it needs to be, they will not be worried about the time.
Time is so valuable.
Embrace every moment.
How are you spending your time?