Leo Tolstoy once said,“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” That quote makes me smile, even though Spring this year seems to be more about snowflakes than sprouts and seedlings. In fact, our gardens are covered in snow at this hour, but my mind has begun to consider the plans and projects of the coming months. When I survey the garden, I think about a few things:
- What parts of the garden are fine without any work?
- What needs to be cleaned up and head to the compost pile?
- What needs trimmed or weeded?
- What new projects should happen this year?
Likewise, Spring is a great time of year to take stock of your work, whether as teacher, instructional coach, or school administrator. If your work is a garden, what parts are working fine? What parts of your work need to head to the “compost pile?” What parts of your work need weeding? What new projects should happen as you look toward the coming months?
These are not easy questions to answer. Just like the work in the garden, our plans and projects in schools can be messy. Don’t become discouraged by the mess. Take the time to reflect, think, and make plans. Spring is the perfect time to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. As Margaret Atwood said, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”