Three weeks left until the end of school — and I can hardly wait!
I feel what seems to be a weird mix of emotions:
As we approach the end of the school year, I feel a weird mix of emotions.
You may be having some of the same feelings.
How can we deal with this stew of emotions? Or maybe we should just ignore them and move forward?
We can start with acknowledging our feelings. What are we feeling about the end of the school year? What is YOUR emotional “stew”?
Let’s start by identifying exactly what it is that we’re feeling. This emotion wheel might be useful in helping you name your feelings.
It will probably help just to write these down, so you can reflect on each of these feelings.
My first thought in looking at my list of emotions is “Isn’t that interesting! I have my own stew of emotions. No wonder I feel ‘off’ more often than usual.” And that’s OK.
I also notice that these emotions don’t all occur at exactly the same moment. . . rather they pop up over and over throughout my day, but never all at once.
Some of us don’t value ourselves in an authentic enough way to understand that our feelings matter, too. Many of us believe that we don’t deserve certain things, making us uncomfortable feeling and expressing certain emotions.
All feelings matter. It is about being true to ourselves, honest with how we feel and what we want, and being willing to engage in authentic conversations with other people, especially when we don’t feel or want the same things they do.
So here are some ways to embrace and honor our feelings.
I’ve invited my co-teacher to dinner on the last day of school. Just the two of us, celebrating our accomplishments for the year.
I can see that I need to thank my school principal for the unique experiences I had in my classroom this year. Oh, and I need to thank my students, too!