With the start of any year, school districts, admin, and teacher teams want to set the right tone with staff and students to ensure they feel welcomed, motivated, engaged, and enthusiastic about the start of the year. This past week saw the return of teachers and all staff in the school district in which I work, as well as many of my other educator friends. Many of my friends, work colleagues, and educational gurus I follow took to social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to post about the moments that were being created to put a smile on their faces. It was enjoyable to watch how the moments created brought joy to all and created a lasting impression they wouldn’t forget to keep them coming back for more.
However, the true question is will just these few opening day moments keep staff and students coming back each day? Do more moments have to be created to sustain the powerful moment created within those first few days? Well, if you said yes, you are more than likely correct, more moments have to be created. Does each moment have to be as big as the opening day kick-off activities? No, the truth of the matter is that creating those first few moments helps set the tone with building the culture, climate, and team of a district, school, and classroom. What happens over the next 170+ days of the school year is what matters. Sustaining and building from the kick-off moments by creating more.
So, the question then becomes, “How do we create more?” Keep it simple by building and cultivating meaningful relationships, reflecting upon our work, and collaborating to empower each other. Is this something, new? Of course not, however it can be easy to forget that keeping things simple with consistency can go a long way. How will you sustain the moments that you create?
PS: This post was inspired by collaborating with my admin team to create opening day moments to play like pirates. In addition, thank you to my colleagues, friends, and educational masterminds I follow on twitter for sharing the moments created in your districts, schools, and classrooms. Thank you for inspiring this post as well. Below is a video of the pirate moments our staff participated in and created for themselves. Stay tuned for how these moments will be sustained.