My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.



March 8, 2017

Put your butt in the chair #SOLC17

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I think I have found the key.

The key to finishing homework, assessments, lesson plans, emails, slices and other paperwork:

Put your butt in the chair.  Then do it.

It isn't as easy as it sounds.

I'd rather be doing anything than sit and work for longer than 15 minutes.  My brain races and spins and tries to come up with an excuse to get up and move.

Dishes?  Laundry?  I'll take care of both and then I'll get back to work.
Copies?  Chocolate?  I think I'll go print and grab a snack before I start on that paperwork.
Friends?  Coworkers?  I just go ask her in person.
Phone ping?  Chocolate craving?  I'll start that homework later.

Yup.  It's true.
I have comfy chairs and rolling chairs.
I have an office, a big table, a clear desk and a laptop.
But I don't have
stamina
perserverance
motivation
the ability to prioritize.

Huh.  Makes me feel for the kiddos who feel the same way, day in and day out, at school.

7 comments:

  1. I feel for you and the kiddos who have this challenge. Perhaps some deep breathing and rewarding yourself when you complete a task.

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  2. Literally, there are days when I have to bribe myself to get my writing done. Your poetic reflection strikes a chord!

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  3. Literally, there are days when I have to bribe myself to get my writing done. Your poetic reflection strikes a chord!

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  4. Yes, putting our fanny in the chair is the first step!! I think I have done every one of the things you described. Actually, the more work I have to do the more likely my house will be glistening clean. Ha! The use of the short questions with statements of ways you procrastinate really gave the piece a nice pace and provided a bit of humor. Thanks for the enjoyable read --- and the relief to know I'm not alone.

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  5. Love this post! Made me laugh! I can put my b.i.c. to read and watch tv. But when it's time to put my b.i.c. and work, you are so right! There are all sorts of other things that need my attention!

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  6. You are so funny! I LOVE this! It is so hard to have stamina, isn't it?!?!?! :)

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  7. I think you found the key, indeed. Happy butt sitting! Great reflection slice!

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