Last week one of my nine-year old students asked me, “So, Ms. S… How’s it going with the balance?”
“What?” I asked her perplexed.
“You know, your one little word,” she paused. “Bal-ance.” Then she moved her hands as if she were a balancing scale while she waited for my answer.
“It’s going okay,” I told her. “However, I think that next week I’ll have to look at things again and re-balance.”
I stopped at that since I was wondering why I was having this conversation with one of my students. I could hear my present literacy coach in the back of my head saying, “That’s what you get for sharing your one little word with them!”
Anyway, that being said, the conversation with my student, which I’m exceedingly grateful for, got me to re-think my One Little Word of 2008, which is balance. I decided to reassess and place little reminders, like this one, in spots where I could constantly be reminded of the balance I need to seek between my personal and professional lives (since I spend a lot of time with professional endeavors).
With the word balance in mind, I’m off to work out!
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.