Inspired by fellow-blogger, Susanne from Make, Share, Give. I tried this simple technique that my students would love.
I sat down, listening to my stomach growl while everyone was eating lunch.
Before that, I listened to one of my students read a passage with fluency. Music to my ears.
Before that, I watched a first grader stretch herself as a writer by adding more details to her piece even though she thought she was done.
Before that, I helped a child choose a pile of favorite books to re-read over the weekend.
Before that, I collected data on a student's reading progress, plotted it on a graph, and celebrated with her.
Before that, I attended another meeting about a kid that is destined for amazing things in his life.
Before that, my husband and I stood in the kitchen, facing each other, holding each other as partners on a Spiritual journey and we prayed.
Before that, we rose before sunrise for our last day of the Bahai Fast, ate a breakfast of eggs and toast, while sipping on lattes.
Before that, we noted that tomorrow is Naw Ruz and the first full day of Spring, a time for celebration even though it is still WINTER.