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Reset and Replenish: A Note to Educators Headed Back to School

by Jane S. Green, Director for the Iberville Alternative Positive Program for Students

If you are like me, you are fresh out of crayons, markers, erasers, pencils, and paper, but no worries, you have time to replenish not only your classroom shelves but your spiritual, mental, and physical selves as well. How do you find the will, the way, and the wisdom to replenish all that has been lost? The answer is simple: you don’t find the answer. The answer finds you. Take one small step of faith at a time. As you put one foot in front of the other one, know that there are millions of educators across the nation taking that same step with you. Their faith walk may not look like yours; it may not sound like yours, but it definitely moves like yours.

“As you put one foot in front of the other one, know that there are millions of educators across the nation taking that same step of faith with you.” ”

Jane Green

During the fall, educators feel the change of season that occurs within every one of us. Initially, there is very little evidence to prove that anything within you has changed until you see your first student walk across the threshold. You get excited because you have been granted one more opportunity to change the trajectory of your students’ lives for the better.

You, the classroom expert, know what works best for your students. So as you pack up the old and bring in the new, remember that life has a brand new meaning. And it is up to us, individually, to decide how to adjust to this new way of being in the classroom.

“You get excited because you have been granted one more opportunity to change the trajectory of your students’ lives for the better.”

Jane Green

Everything begins with your mindset. Many of you have heard the quote, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” You are ready for a new beginning but know that with this new beginning, challenges will come. You can’t stop challenges, nor can you speed them up. You must learn to grow through challenges in order to overcome them. Growing through includes having a positive outlook on life, expecting, and eventually knowing that life gets better. When your mind is in a good space, your actions will soon follow. You begin to move from a place of ease, and every action you take is inspired.

Enter this new school year with a new purpose, one that sheds light on those who have experienced darkness. Enter this new school year with a new plan, one that mirrors nothing you have done before but provides a roadmap for those who have lost their way. Enter this new school year with a new passion, one that ignites the fire that burns eternally for our students. Whatever you do, remember to replenish you!

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