To start the year, I was inspired by Happier with Gretchen Rubin Podcast #254 which included a discussion of setting New Years resolutions by making a list of “20 for 2020” and/or setting a word theme for the year to guide the months ahead.
Last year was busy and I thoroughly enjoyed our second year at St Luke’s Catholic Early Learning Centre (CELC.) However my health was not the greatest and I know I wasn’t looking after myself as well as I should have been.
Upon starting 2020, I aimed to look after my health, improve the work/life balance, to learn more as well as to facilitate professional development and growth for the CELC team. Summarising this into a one word theme for the year was not easy.
To formulate a one word theme I wrote a list of my “20 for 2020” combining both personal and professional events/goals/wishes. From this my one word theme was easy to identify.
My list of 20 for 2020
- To strengthen the connections between St Luke’s Catholic Early Learning Centre and St Luke’s school
- To introduce inquiry walks to the CELC children to build their connection with the school community and see themselves as part of the St Luke’s community of learners.
- To further my connection with the CELC team individually through developing my coaching skills, supporting teachers in their professional growth.
- To strengthen the connection amongst the CELC team through regular meetings (weekly room meetings and monthly whole team meetings); shared professional development opportunities and shared professional readings.
- To strengthen the connection for the children at the CELC with the St Luke’s Pillars by embedding this throughout our practises.
- To facilitate children’s connection to their learning through child led inquiries
- To form connections with wider professional networks by attending conferences, participating in network meetings and visiting other children’s services.
- To stay connected with research and innovations through professional readings
- To connect Professional Development (including professional readings) to pedagogy including child led inquiry and the Reggio Emilia approach
- To share my work regularly through Twitter (inspired by Austin Kleon, “Show your work.“)
- To ‘climb down from the ladder’ and not make judgements from what is first observed.
- To exercise regularly and commit to this in my weekly routine.
- To keep Saturdays a work free day – no emailing, no working on my blog and minimise thinking about the week prior or the week ahead.
- To strengthen connections with family through planned “family time” (not in a Brady Bunch kind of way.)
- To connect with friends by calling/messaging each week and seeing them more often
- To read a book a month
- To reduce my rubbish/waste
- I will try to focus on one thing at a time so that I am more ‘present,’ and not to think what is still ahead for the week.
- To not worry if I do not cross off everything on my ‘to do’ list each day and transfer unfinished tasks to the next day/week list.
- To regularly disconnect from work. This is just as important as connecting.
From this list, my one word theme I am trying to work towards in 2020 is Connection.
From writing the list and considering how this shapes my personal and professional experiences, I realised the equal importance of disconnection as well. Disconnection is equally important because it provides time to reset and to ‘take a break.’ After disconnection, quite often a clearer view can be seen before reconnecting.