#SOL18 Entry 5 March 5th

Take a Breath and then a Step.

Tonight I took a second opportunity to sit back and listen and occasionally tweet into a chat about being BRAVE with Kimberly Davis. It was a great chat again and as I reflected on my own moments of Bravery or those of my students a cannot help but take a little journey through moments that I have been a part of. As either a witness of this Bravery or the person taking that deep breath and then stepping out into the unknown. If it is the student who is persecuted for their unique spirit who still represents themselves through the noise or the quiet student that gives their first presentation. We need to celebrate student’s choice to be brave and support it.

For myself, I had to make a big change this year. I was not happy in my place the last few years and reached the breaking point last year. I love teaching but I did not love the direction things were going. My first Brave step was taking the step to explore a change, the second was jumping right in and embracing it.

The opportunities that I have pursued because of this change have been amazing. I have grown as an educator and continue to find ways to be Brave to work outside my comfort zone and strengthen myself further.

I am appreciating this practice of daily reflection, it is causing me to be more present, more thoughtful and aware of my story.

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  1. Change is not easy, congratulations on being brave and seeking a change! So many times in life we don’t go for change, even when we are not happy where we are, because we are afraid that the unknown will be even more uncomfortable. It’s so encouraging to hear what you wrote in this line: “The opportunities that I have pursued because of this change have been amazing.” What a good reminder that being brave is worth it!

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  2. Nice to hear that writing is a place of reflection for you. A chance to see what you and your students do each day. Change is hard and it is a brave step to take. So glad you are liking this change.

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