How Does Your Garden Grow?

I have been spending a lot of time the last few weeks in my yard (and yes I love it!). I started thinking about how different plants need different care. Some need more water, some need less shade, some need trimmed back and others need to be left alone! That’s not a lot different than the students you work with, is it? Some need more encouragement, some need to be challenged, some need “reigned” in and others need time to work on their own. All of that, just like keeping your yard looking nice takes time, energy and patience. So, as we are in the summer months and schedules are a bit more relaxed here are three suggestions to help you get ready for your fall “garden”!

1. Take time for yourself. Read a book, sit on the deck, go for a walk, take a bike ride, fix your favorite meals, catch up with old friends, and spend time with your family. You need to be “fertilized” once in a while so take time to do what makes you happy!

2. Think about one or two new ideas that you would love to try during the next school year. It can be a new activity, a new way of managing your class, learning how to integrate a new form of technology, or a fun way to increase physical activity in your school. Then, jot down some ways to make those ideas a reality. “Plant” the seed early and then start watering it once school starts.

3. Pull out some weeds. Think about what got in the way of having a great “harvest” last year. Regardless of what that was, find a way to avoid it at all costs. It may mean changing who you eat lunch with, changing some of your old ways, or simply accepting that there are some things you can’t change and move on. Some gardens have a lot of weeds and some don’t have many but it doesn’t really matter—they all keep our garden from growing and being beautiful. So, accept the challenge to remove at least some of those weeds and get ready for great results.

Little by little the weeding, watering, pruning and fertilizing all make our garden beautiful. The same can happen every year in your classes. Think about the chorus of this John Denver song and watch your garden grow!

Inch by inch, row by row
Gonna make this garden grow
All it takes is a rake and a hoe
And a piece of fertile ground

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