Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Resolutions vs. Reflections

It's the start of a new year. It's that time of year when people make resolutions. But as I've been sitting here thinking about the very nature of New Year's Resolutions, they've suddenly struck me as, perhaps unintentionally, a thing of negativity. It seems like all too often these resolutions focus on the things we're unhappy with, the things we want to change or fix. And something isn't quite sitting right with that for me.

I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with wanting to improve yourself. In fact, I'm all for bucking the status quo and constantly moving towards progress. I'm just saying that sometimes in looking forward, we forget the power of looking back. I'm making the argument that before we resolve to do anything new, we take a moment to reflect and celebrate the things that we've done well in the past year.

To this end, here's my celebration of 2016 in my library!

So instead of resolutions that will drastically change things, I instead resolve to continue to provide amazing opportunities for my students via the library. What specifically am I committed to continuing, you ask?

I commit to continue to provide my students with a culture that celebrates literacy in all shapes and forms. I commit to continuing to provide them with opportunities to think critically and explore new ideas. I commit to providing them with opportunities to find themselves and their passions. I commit to helping them connect to the world beyond our school. I commit to providing my students with a place to feel safe to take risks.

There are always amazing things looming on the horizon, things to look forward to in the future, things to strive to improve. But I challenge you to reflect and celebrate the things that have gone well with your library, your school, and your program!