Tradition says at the new year, one makes resolutions. Personally, I've never been good at that and try to avoid making them. However, during the winter recess, I saw the following image on Twitter and was inspired:
So much of what we read about in the news, on social media, so much of what permeates our world are people taking down other people. Literally and figuratively. We are being shown in words and in deeds, that to exercise power we must do it at the expense of others.
I wholeheartedly disagree.
In education, relationships are what matters. I remember some "content" from my many years in classrooms as a student, yet can easily name my most influential teachers by name. Their imprint on my life goes far beyond the things they taught me; their imprint is a result of the relationship we built together. It is a result of how I felt when I was in their classrooms: safe, included, and cared for.
So while I am still reluctant to make a resolution to begin 2018, I do promise to be more thoughtful and purposeful about lifting others. Will you join me?