Since I have started joygoals.com I have been more focused on the small joys in my life AND on spreading joy to those in my life. I’m lucky enough to have two jobs that help me do that; being a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and being a teacher.
As a teacher, I am responsible for 42 students, 5 days a week, for 8 hours a day. That’s not including the student I mentor, the students in other classes that I build relationships with, my past students who I still see frequently, or the siblings of my students who often build relationships with me. That is a lot of responsibility and work, but also full of so much joy. I have a younger sister of one of my students who lights up when she sees me every day at recess. Her class comes out just as ours is lining up to go in and she always runs straight over to give me a big hug and tell me how much she wishes I could be her 5th grade teacher 😍😍😍 That is as much a joy for me as it is for her.
When I am at home I often see or hear things that I want to share with my students. A few weeks ago I found a funny video of a dentist who makes dubsmash videos with her patients. I used it as a reward/brain break for my students one day and we ALL laughed so much watching it! A minute before we watched the video they were elbow deep in decomposing some serious numerical expressions, but now they are laughing without a care in the world. That is pure joy. That is a goal I set each day, to bring them joy, and one I can accomplish with something as easy as a quick video clip.
This week we have been learning about natural resources and I found an interesting video to show my students. It was about 2 surfers who started cleaning out trash from the ocean. (In case you forgot, water is a very important natural resource) At the end of the video we learned that the surfers have an organization called 4 Ocean. They sell bracelets, made of entirely recycled materials, and the sale of one bracelet funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean. Of course we wanted to buy a bracelet for each of us, but they are $20 each and that’s a lot of money to a little ole teacher.
The next day my students were offering me money to buy bracelets and campaigning to have a school fundraiser to sell the bracelets and save the ocean! Unfortunately we are not able to have a school fundraiser for that and I would never take money from my students, so I decided to go ahead and buy 2 on my own. One for me and one for the class. When the bracelets came in they were overjoyed! Only one student got to keep the bracelet, but they were all happy for the one who earned the bracelet. More than anything, they were joyful that we helped remove two pounds of trash from our beautiful ocean.
Teaching can be difficult and tiring at times, but it is full of so much joy! We just have to remember to look for it.
Joy goal accomplished