We all love a day in our pajamas! The morning you wake up without an alarm yelling at you and you just meander out of bed knowing you don’t have to get “ready” to go out anywhere! You don’t shower; you stay in your beloved pajamas. You know the ones! The kind of pajamas that you could eat in and they never feel tight. The kind of pajamas that even if they have a hole or seam rip, you are wearing them anyway!
Well if the truth were to be told…you dread the thought of someone catching you in your day of leisure! You sneak down the stairs in slow motion and hope no person is near or around the one clear window shot view to you. Then, when you finally arrive to your favorite chair you are out of view of anyone that might just sneak a peek at you as they jog by, or put the dreaded advertisement on your door knob.
So this leads us to the bigger picture. When I get up and get “ready” which includes dressing and putting my “face” on (as Grandma Harter used to say) I am feel like accomplishing more and I do. Don’t you? I think you should be ready for company any day at anytime! Am I wrong here? If I’m having a pajama day and someone comes to the door, I am NOT answering that door. I’m thinking…”Go away…Oh can they see me?” “How low can I go in this couch to stay out of view?” I’m wondering…How I can peek without this person seeing me to find out who is at the door.” “Maybe if I crouch like a cat and crawl to the door then I can jump up and peer through the peek hole.” Lastly, I think…”If sneak upstairs fast enough, maybe I could throw on some clothes and a hat to answer the door!” I think all of you have been here.
So why discuss this? I think this relates to teaching and learning. We as educators can never feel like we are at school in our pajamas! We must be “ready”. We must have our “face” on! We all know that if we are prepared, we will accomplish more!
How do we prepare ourselves each day to feel like we are “ready”. I know we are all being pulled many directions by our professional lives and our personal ones. So let’s start with three steps to ready ourselves for our work each day.
1. Have I “dressed” for success? Are my lesson plans ready, with engaging, meaningful structure? This includes teaching using differentiation.
2. Is my “face” on. Am I teaching with fidelity and integrity? Do I base student lesson and assignments on what students really need? (Yes, this means using data and your professional opinion to drive instruction.)
3. Do I feel comfortable? Will have some fun? Students will learn more from a teacher that is comfortable, caring and having fun each day! I don’t have any data to quote to support this yet, just my own experience and logic here!
So, don’t take on the world in your pajamas! However, I say that educators should be in a mode of teaching that allows you to feel as comfortable as pajamas do! After all…I am writing this blog in my black and white polka dot PJ’s.
NOW…You tell me. Is the blog planned and engaging? Did it have meaning to you? Did I write to tell teachers what they really need to hear? Did I write in a comfortable manner that still had a lesson while having some fun?