Sometimes I feel like my only job as a teacher is to make students more aware.
Daily, I am pointing out situations and opportunities for students in hopes that they see things from another perspective. All in hopes of possibly helping them to make a different decision IF they want to.
I can't make anyone do anything. I know this.
But, I can (and do) take the time to help students see what they don't.
So, what about me (and you)? Who's helping me become more aware of what it is that I'M needing to change (if I want to...)? It seems like everyone and everything is an opportunity to be more aware of what's happening around us. The short conversation we have with a colleague as we pass one another before school starts. The side conversation you have with a student about what their dad did before they died. Or, the student that reminds you that the screen is still frozen after you've started the video. It's constant. Or, it's constantly available.
Just recently, I've concluded that in my attention/effort to help students become more aware that it's actually something that I'm working on for myself. It's interesting how the things we focus on in others are the things we are inwardly focused on in our own lives.
So, what is it that you are wanting to change in your life?
How are you becoming more aware of it? Is it coming from within or is it making itself known through others?
Either way, we can't change what we aren't aware of whether it hurts knowing or not.
Here's to knowing and knowing we are capable of doing it.
That is if we want to.