Is today your last school day before winter break? My last day of student teaching was the last day before winter break. Responsibility had shifted back to my mentor teacher, Mrs. M. I was winding down, or so I thought! About an hour and a half before dismissal, Mrs. M folded back the wall separating two third-grade classrooms and invited the neighboring class to join us for art. The kids, about 60 in all, were thrilled. I helped hand out supplies—we were making penguins! Then Mrs. M turned to me and said, “Ms. Badden, why don’t you guide us through the project?” Gulp! She wanted me to be in charge of 60 super-duper excited kiddos armed with scissors and glue on the afternoon before winter break? The experience turned out to be a terrific confidence booster. It pushed me to do something I would never have volunteered to do.
Everyone needs a bit of a nudge now and then. When’s the last time you were gently nudged to try something new? Please share!