I’ve felt in a little bit of a slump concerning blog ideas but I’m really excited to share this with you all.
During my first class of “Numbers, Operations, and Algebraic Thinking” aka how to teach math to kindergartners through 2nd graders, our professor told us: “You are no longer allowed to say that you are not a math person” Raise, your hand if you’ve ever uttered those words. Yup, I assume it’s a lot of us. She continued to impress on us the importance of having full confidence in the content we are teaching because our students deserve that. Math may not have come easy for you, you may not have always liked it, and you may have to put in some extra work to improve, but from here on out you have to set an example for your students and you will be a math person.
This really stuck with me. Not simply the importance of being the best teacher I can for the kids in front of me, but the idea that I could so adamantly label myself as “not something” and be okay with it. So it got me thinking, what else do I say “I am not a ____”?
Running. I have have been publically announcing for many many years now that “I am not a runner.” If there isn’t a ball in front of me, or a fire behind me, it probably isn’t happening. Immediately I knew what I needed to do. I wrote in a letter to the boy this week that I was going to start running for 20 minutes at least 3 times a week. Nowhere does “being a runner” mean you have to run a bajillion amount of miles, or that you have to run 3 miles in 17 minutes in 41 seconds like your Marine boyfriend does. It just means that you run. One foot in front of the other. It can be slow (trust me it is) it will be a struggle, and already in the first week I have wanted to quit, but I’m doing it.
So this week I’m challenging you to take ten minutes to reflect about what you say you are not, then start doing it. Don’t hold yourself back by a few words that you tell yourself to be true. Surprise yourself.
…and if you have playlist recommendations I’m all ears 🙂