Isn’t it funny how quickly time goes? One minute you’re pledging to write at least one blog post a week and the next thing you know it’s halfway through second quarter and you have nothing since… well, since a long time ago.
Recently, I was able to take a mini vacation to Austin, TX. We drove for 12 hours (my husband likes driving) so I had some time on my hands to do stuff that I normally wouldn’t have time to do, like read. Usually, I would pick either a Twain or Truman Award Nominee to read, but since it was an adult vacation, I decided to choose an adult book.
Don’t worry, it’s not that type of post. I chose Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey because I had seen a lot of other blogs and Pinterest pins about people that had used it to get out of and stay out of debt. In the book, Dave tells the reader that to have his strategy work, they need to be “gazelle intense”. Basically, a gazelle can escape a cheetah, the fastest animal on land, just by out-maneuvering it. But it can’t be wishy-washy – It’s “go all in” or “get eaten”.
So I got to thinking: What if we all did something with “gazelle-like intensity”? Sitting with the first quarter of my fifth year of teaching squarely in my rearview mirror, I can feel old habits creeping in and starting to take over. I’m losing the intensity that starts the year.
So I’ve started a personal gazelle intervention. I am making a vow to be more intense about my teaching. ”Go with the flow” is not okay in this classroom. I’ve joined an Assessment For Learning team and although we haven’t met yet, I’m feeling intense about the whole project. I’ve looked at some of the habits that are creeping out (not writing lesson plans down, anyone?) and am reeling them back in. It’s time to get some gazelle intensity!
Let’s not wait so long next time, okay?