I taught like a short-timer.
Everything I did was just "good enough".
I let negative thoughts about certain kids color my connections with them.
To quote Michael Phelps, "I had no passion and wasn't really too into it. I had no motivation."
And I realized, I didn't want to be done yet, but if I was going to keep going, I needed an attitude adjustment. I didn't want to retire after my worst year, I want to leave on top of my game. To quote Phelps again, "I never wanted to look back 20 years down the road and say 'what if I did this differently, what if I did that differently'. This is me giving 100 percent."
So, mentally I am ready. I'm looking forward to classes and kids. I have long range plans for a couple of classes I've been less than enthusiastic about. I'm ready to make new? better? improved connections with students. I have a new mindset.
This is me. Giving 100%