Springtime is muddy and messy and even cold, some days. Kind of like homeschooling! So how do we pay attention to the green stems of possibility?
It all depends on what we choose to focus on! And spring teaches us to look more closely, as illustrated in this passage from master teacher, Parker Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach.
In the muddy mess of spring, the conditions for rebirth are being created. The humus, the “mud on my face” humbling events of life create the fertile soil in which new life can grow.
Spring begins slowly and tentatively, growing with tenacity. The smallest and most tender shoots insist on having their way. The ephemeral crocuses and snowdrops are a harbinger of hope and, as the days grow longer, the winds get warmer and the world grows green again.
In my own life, I find it not only hard to cope with the mud but also hard to credit the small harbingers of larger life to come; to have hope until the outcome is secure.
Spring teaches me to look more carefully for the green stems of possibility: for the intuitive hunch that may turn into larger insight, for the glance or touch that may thaw a frozen relationship, for the stranger’s act of kindness that makes the world seem hospitable again.
Teaching (and perhaps especially homeschooling!) can be very muddy and messy at times. And that’s OK. Amidst the mud, there are also green stems of possibility. Let’s choose to focus on those. And watch them grow.
In the spirit of spring and new beginnings, I am working on a new course for you! It’s (tentatively) entitled Embrace Your Inner Teacher and will be released next summer. This will be a three to four week online course with both recorded videos and live components.
When I asked for your input in my annual survey in January, many of you expressed a need for support in areas of inner work: how to stay on track, not get overwhelmed, maintain energy and passion, how to stay balanced and practice self-care, and how to feel “good enough” as a teacher/parent/woman/person.
Embrace Your Inner Teacher will offer you support and specific practices to help you design a homeschooling life that brings you fulfillment and joy rather than burn out and frustration. It will help you discover why you teach, how you teach, and how to not only take care of yourself, but not lose yourself in the process. So you can parent and teach wholeheartedly from the core of who you are.
At this stage, I could use your help!
Would you be willing to answer just a few questions for me?
The survey is below. Thank you so much! And Happy Spring!