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Teacher Feature: Erin Collini

New Year's Thoughts

By Erin Collini, Pre-K Lead Teacher

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

This quote was recently brought up at a meeting I was in. I thought about it for many days after hearing it and decided to write down some of my thoughts. However, the holiday break happened and my thoughts stopped for two weeks! It’s funny how when you’re out of your routine the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality can kick in!

Of course, I happened to remember the post I had started (all two sentences of it) right before bed the night before we returned to school. I lay awake for quite some time thinking about the above quote. Being a teacher, I think of the students immediately and how it’s important at the beginning of the school year to show them how much we care. It made me think about the little things that we take for granted on a daily basis: a hug as a student gets out of a car, a smile from a familiar face as you walk down the hall, the simple “hello” or “happy New Year” greeting upon returning from winter break.

Then, with this quote still in mind, my thoughts drifted to my colleagues and peers. In the same way we show our students how much we care, it’s so important that we don’t lose sight of the little ways to show one another we care and value each other. Each one of us has so many things we are juggling in our own everyday life: our students, family, pets, friends, and the list goes on and on.

I will admit, I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions. However, sitting at brunch with some friends on New Year’s Day one of them mentioned forgetting to make a resolution. What if we all resolved to do one act each day to show someone different that we care? I know it may seem insignificant and small. However, what if we could speak to someone new each day? Maybe we could be more caring out in public as well. Actions like holding a door for someone, letting them over a lane in traffic, honestly there are so many ways to show we care. How will you show it?

What it really comes down to for me is a word that has been brought up over the past year or so a number of times. Mindfulness. If we are more mindful of ourselves and one another, what a nice environment we can help to create. Will you join me in this? Happy New Year and here’s to being mindful and showing others we care in 2017.
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