“Every day may not be good, but there is one good thing in every day”.
A few days before I started teaching in my very first teaching job ever, I found this site. I loved it so much I went out and bought a really fancy little notebook to record one good thing from every day.
I love teaching – love love love – but the first 6 months were tough. I’m at an amazing school, and I have so many supportive people around me, but I’ve only recently (3/4 of the way through my first year) felt like I have things under control. This little notebook helped keep me sane.
Every day, no matter how tired I was, or how grumpy I was at students, I sat myself down and thought of one good thing. Some days I could have written pages – lessons went amazingly, students were excellent – other days I struggled to find something.
Gradually I stopped writing, and I’m disappointed that I didn’t keep it up. I still keep it in my top desk draw, and when I’ve had a bad day i’ll pull it out and remember that while playing softball I told students to spread out, and one girl replied with “like jam Miss?”. Or how a student came running over to me in the playground to tell me about getting 100% in his commerce assignment. I suppose now the book is helping me get through hard days in a different way.
One Good Thing helped me to shed a positive light on days that seemed terrible. The tagline of this website is right up there with Bowman Dickson‘s comment in a letter to first-year teachers that “very few things in a room full of teenagers go according to plan” – both are things that I find myself repeating on a regular basis.