I’ve mentioned the greatness of my principal peer, Dr. Helm, before. She is the elementary principal at George W. Bush Elementary…she and GWB are practically besties! Not only that, she has really great ideas that she frequently shares with me…and you know how I love that! One of them that I am completely stealing is her way of bringing ZEN to her students and staff.
When we met to go over a couple of different things in the summer, one of the ideas she mentioned that she did at her school was “Wen-ZEN-days”. This caught my attention because last year for our staff book study, the overwhelming choice by teachers was “Unshakeable” by Angela Watson. Balance and self-care for our teachers is SO important. They work so hard, they always get stuff ADDED to their plate and very rarely do we give them permission to take things off. As conscious of this as I try to be, I still feel like there are teachers who are doing things that were expected of them many years ago that don’t know how to NOT do them. “Wen-zen-day” is a day we’ll start this year as an effort to strategically build in a time weekly for reinforcing mindful practices on the campuses for both teachers and students.
She initially shared the concept with teachers in her weekly newsletter, with an easy way they could try as well.
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