Living Out Our Important Things

I believe most teachers have a passion for their career. I am one of them. I strive to give my students the best possible education I can. I'm also a BIG believer in letting them be little.

Hi! I'm Regan. This blog has been in the works for close to a year and I am finally (thanks to a few wonderful people) taking a leap of faith. I wanted to create a place where people could go of all ages and professional roles and leave feeling 'fed.' It's a reminder of hope that is naturally found in our children. Whether you leave challenged, refreshed, with resources, or shopping tips (this post is already in the works...couldn't help it), this blog was created for us all.

Let them be little. It's a beautiful phrase. In the modern day classroom however, this can sometimes feel hard to attain. I hit a point this fall where I felt off balance from the various roles we all play in our profession. I had to take a step back and reflect:

What do I remember about my schooling experience? What’s essential?

As a Kindergarten teacher, my thoughts naturally flashed back to my kindergarten classroom and my beloved teacher Mrs. Forrest. I remember everything about her. And I knew, even at the young, naïve age of five, that I was lucky to have her.

The realization I had when thinking about my kindergarten teacher and its experience was this: I didn’t pay attention to all of Mrs. Forrest’s traits because I was an observant child. I took notice because I loved and respected her. Because she cared for me, I took interest and cared about her.

It is very possible that educators have more on their plate now than ever before. Some days it feels similar to having about 82 tabs open on a computer and I am just trying to X them out as the day progresses (and as I typed that I actually said out loud 'ugh yes!' So, I'm sure many of you can relate)! Is this the reality & daily grind some days? Yes. That’s life. But, does it have to be? Actually, no.

I slowly realized that if everything is a priority, then nothing truly is. I had to figure out: What are my important things?

Out of all the amazing things we undoubtedly did in Mrs. Forrest’s classroom, the memories I kept centered around ‘experiences.’ Part of the experience of school is being your age. Whether it was learning the letter Dd and my dad bringing in donuts, meeting my best friend (who is still one of my best friends to this day), singing songs together as a class, or playing in the home living center that was set up like a treehouse, all of these experiences mattered.

So, what’s at the top of my list of important things?

As passionate as I am about laying the academic foundation for their education and introducing lifelong curricular skills, I am equally as passionate about letting them be little. Whether it’s walking to see the horses that neighbor our school, partying kindi-style the day after the Royals won the World Series, or stopping a lesson because a students’ dog died the night before, all of these things are significant. And these little things that usually take no more than 10 minutes out of our day, end up being the big things; the things the kids remember the most.

 World Series Champions > all lesson plans

Experiences matter. Joy matters. Being present matters. And most importantly, letting them be little matters. Whether you’re an educator or not, think about the different roles you play in life and ask yourself: 'What are my important things?’

(If your list gets really long well...try it again. This isn't a to-do list. It's a list of the things that matter most to you).

Now what? You make them a priority. You live it. Because it's time we start living out our important things.

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