Monday Moment of Joy– did you have one today?
Mine was a long day of teacher meetings. The kids got out early and we had to be there really early on a Monday morning. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather be with the kids all day than have to sit in a meeting.
So there were times when I thought, “where is that moment of joy?” I tend to get very easily irritated in meetings when I think of all the other productive things I could be doing or all the students I could be teaching.
Then I realized there were a ton of joyful moments! Here are just a few.
-I have a job! (and it’s one that I LOVE!) Most days I don’t have to sit in meetings all day-kudos to those of you who do sit in meetings all day or sit on the computer all day. I’m not sure I could do it.
-One of my students had an amazing smile for us this morning.
-There was lots of laughter during one part of our meeting. Love it that God gave us a sense of humor!
-I have coworkers that I enjoy being with. We also enjoy hanging out after school to decompress after those long meetings:).
-I am part of an amazing team of special educators and paraeducators, and today was the first day that we were back together after one was on an extended leave of absence.
-I have a very supportive administration team.
-During that short time at school, I saw several students “get it” in Math today. They came in with frustration, but left knowing that they had learned something new and were proud.
What are some joyful moments you see in your day?
What was your Monday Moment of Joy??
Mine was in the midst of a crazy day of tornado watches and having to come inside the building (couldn’t be in those oh so sturdy trailers today:). Of course schedules changed and I felt like I wasn’t teaching at all. I felt that all I said was “no you can’t bang on that wall. No, that trash can is not a jungle gym. Nope I know things are different and you don’t do well with changes, but we really are going to do some Math here sitting on the hard floor while we listen to center time in the room on one side of the hall and the computer lab with headphones not working on the other side of the hall.” I was ready to pull my hair out.
But then it came! That joyful moment-I was reading aloud…The character in the book heard a humming noise. The author explained that if vacuum cleaners had been invented back then, the character would have thought that the humming sound was a vacuum cleaner. As I read that, I literally thought “wow-what a great way to show what it sounded like without taking away from the time frame of the story, but no way will I be able to explain that to my kids…”
Right then, one of my students who has a very difficult time with reading comprehension raised his hand excitedly and said “ummm…if vacuum cleaners hadn’t been invented yet, how would he have known what a vacuum cleaner would have sounded like…” Bingo!!! You got it! Let’s have that discussion about author’s craft and how his purpose was to get us, the readers, to understand what the sound was!
So, today was one of my coworker’s birthday. We had planned some fun moments for her, but my very favorite moment was when she asked if she could come to my room to help with some of my students in the afternoon. It had been one of THOSE days where I hadn’t had a break all day, so of course I said yes.
When I got to my classroom with a small group of students with autism, I told them that we should sing Happy Birthday when she came in. They asked if they could PLEASEEEE hide and pop out and surprise her when she came in. I said “sure!”
The thing is….it ended up taking her 15 minutes to get to my room….so do I try to teach Math or do I just let them keep hiding? Guess what I decided:). The joy on their faces as they tried to “hide” from her made my day! They made it all the way to minute 14 hiding under that table and came out just as she walked in the door. They all began to giggle and then broke out in the sweetest version of Happy Birthday.
Monday Moment of Joy: did you find one today?
Tonight as I listened to Steve Green’s song “Oh I Want to Know You More,” I began to pray that I would want to know God more. So many times I get lost in the daily grind that I forget to stop and talk to My Savior. So, although I’m sure as I look back over my day, I can think of some things that made me smile, my prayer for tomorrow is that I look into His love and be stirred by His joy.
Check out “Oh I Want to Know You More” on YouTube or iTunes. Then get lost in listening to other Steve Green songs. A Mighty Fortress is Our God is one of my favorite!