“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” ― Iain Thomas
Isn’t this absolutely the way with our teaching?
There is so much to get bogged down by, but so much of it is not the parts that really matter.
We’re dragged around by regulations and expectations, pressures and measurable ‘outcomes’. It does all seem very much like ‘and this’, ‘and this’.
The power in this quote comes next. It is up to you!
Yes, it really is up to us, and that’s where it gets exciting.
We really can yank our hands back.
We can put our hands on our hearts and say where the most important things lie. We can pledge that the relationships, kindness, emotional safety, unhurried time and play are the essential ingredients for our children.
There are things we need to do, of course, but where we invest our best energies can really be up to us. Our place is only a place of the heart if we make it so. We need to lead by example, to teach in the way we wish things were for children.
What is really important?
We keep our hands on our hearts when we ask the question, what is really important?
Is it that we expertly link all our stories to the curriculum documents, or that we ensure our narrative captures the spirit and the voice of the child? Is it that we work the hours we signed on for and no more, or that we do one last tiny thing that makes the lives of our team a touch easier? Is having a brimming planning folder essential, or are we better to be present enough to know exactly where the children are leading themselves? Is working somewhere that pays slightly better worth more than working in a setting that is the right fit but may pay less?
Are we after full pockets or satisfied souls?
The world may drag us, but our power lies in being able to choose how far we let it. If we choose to go the heart way, we heed the world somewhat, but support our heart work fully. “This”, we say, “is what’s important”.