Making It Work: Permission Slip
Here is your permission slip …
Here is your permission slip to search YouTube tonight and share a lesson in your Google Classroom that some other teacher with more energy today or a lighter workload posted because they wanted to share it with you.
Here is your permission slip to stop at the store and get a rotisserie chicken and a bag of salad as a nourishing meal for you and/or your family because you don’t have the energy to cook.
Here is your permission slip to not grade those assignments tonight and ask your students to look at their work tomorrow and self-reflect because you are exhausted and need a few hours of downtime.
Here is your permission slip to post lessons and slides that are plain and do not look like they are ready for publication. Then use the time you would spend decorating on taking care of yourself.
Here is your permission slip to set an automatic email response that says: “Thank you for taking an interest in your child’s music education. I am currently behind on back grading. If your child submitted the assignment, I assure you I have received it. I will be working as hard as I am able to catch up. Please be patient with me as this is a new and different school year and we are all learning how to navigate school differently than we have before.”
Here is your permission slip to have a “just ok” lesson this week, next week you if you can, you will do better.
Here is your permission slip to use only ONE of the 10,000 tech tools available in your lesson planning this week.
Here is your permission slip to ask for help, receive help with grace, and that it is ok, to not do everything yourself.
Here is your permission slip to make videos of you (or link videos of others) just singing songs to your children, and talk about those songs as your lesson this week. It is ok if they are not making or creating all the time, the world is a lot.
Here is your permission slip to negotiate with your own children or family members for time and space to recover and rest. You will be able to be present and attentive to the needs of others when you take time for yourself.
Here is your permission slip to not clean the house this weekend and just rest.
Here is your permission slip To eat your lunch alone in your classroom with the door shut and the lights off, or in your car. Turn off your phone, be completely unavailable and just breathe.
Here is your permission slip to be a human being. Not a superhero or a machine. A human being who has good days and bad days. Who has joy, fear, excitement, worry and all the emotions in between.
These messages were weighing on my heart today. What permission slip do YOU need to write for yourself? Please add it to the comments, it may be what someone else needs “permission” to do too.
Here is my permission slip …