Once the bell rings in the morning, you instantaneously become a "multitasker extraordinaire". That means instead of being capable of doing two things at once, you must efficiently handle forty-five.
Twenty-one students arrive. Three students hand you notes, which causes one student to get upset because he forgot his note at home and needs to call his mommy. Two students give you lunch money, one in change that she dumps from her hand into yours. Five students are trying to show you their homework to elicit a "Great Job!" comment and two are shouting, "What homework?" Thankfully you see six darling little ones seated and following the directions on the board. This leaves the two students at the pencil sharpener experimenting to see just how long you can leave a pencil in the sharpener without something going haywire and why, exactly, I told them you couldn't sharpen a colored pencil in the electric sharpener. Just when you've done your attendance on the new computer, in walks the late student to hand you his note, give you lunch money, and sharpen a few pencils. Deep breath, big smile, and a positive attitude and we're off to a good start. And this is only the first fifteen minutes of the day!
A couple of things in particular made my day more positive. One was a comment from a co-worker who stopped me in the hall to tell me she is really thinking this whole positivity vibe around the school is making a difference. She told me that this morning when she was starting to have a negative thought about something, she stopped herself and thought about it in a more positive way!
The second thing that stands out to me from today came from a student.
She walked in this morning, bright smile on her face and pronounced to me (and the students flocked around me), "This is gonna be the best school year ever!"
I replied, "Really? How do you know that already? It's only the 2nd day of school."
Student: "I just have this happy feeling about this year!" (even bigger smile)
If you ever need to get a positive boost in your day, chat with an eight year old.
So, what did I do? I hugged her. And I told her wholeheartedly that she was right. This will positively be the best school year ever. And how do I know that already? Because I just do.
Many jobs require multitasking, but I doubt many are quite as fulfilling and fun as mine.