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Reflect, Renew and Reset: Stepping into 2022 with Focus and Intention

Tina Sykes
January 13, 2022

It is officially 2022, and I am sure many of you, like me, are wondering where 2021 went. Did I accomplish all the things I set out to do? With this mindset, it is easy to fall into the tradition of creating new year’s resolutions and focusing on all that you want to do and accomplish in 2022. However, it is important to remember that 2021 was different than previous years. The global pandemic was ever present, and the new normal of social distancing and remote learning was still very much a part of our reality. As educators, the pandemic has impacted our ways of being with children, families, and colleagues. Many of us have had to adjust our teaching practices to ensure we are still meeting the needs of each child in our classrooms.

As we move into 2022, it is important that we do a check-in. This check-in begins with the self. If you have ever been on an airplane, you are familiar with the flight attendants informing all passengers of what to do in case of an emergency: when the oxygen masks come down, secure your own first before helping others. As a caregiver and educator, this applies to you. You must secure your “mask” first and take a deep breath. After that deep breath, start your check-in by asking yourself the following questions.

  • In this moment, how am I doing?
    The key to this response is being honest and transparent with yourself. There is no right or wrong answer, only a truthful one.
  • Looking back at 2021, what brings a smile to my face, both personally and professionally?
    This does not have to be a “major” accomplishment. Simply recall those moments that literally made you smile.
  • Looking back at 2021, what challenges did I encounter, both personally and professionally? How did I overcome them, or how am I working through them?
    If you were able to overcome them, how can you apply what you learned? If you are not actively working through the challenges, ask yourself what the first step might be.
  • What new habits, skills, or inspirations do I want to take into the new year?
    Again, this can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.
  • What do I want to learn more about? Where can I find that information?
    Remember, information is available through a wide range of resources (e.g., other people, websites, blogs, social media, etc.).

Answering these questions can help you renew and reset as you step into 2022.

As we did our own check-in and reflected upon the Head Start webinar series, we realized the need to hear your voice regarding the topics presented in the webinars. In this month’s Head Start webinar, we will focus on checking in with you and making sure we are meeting your needs as we step into the new year.

New Year Check-In

Join us for this free webinar for Head Start professionals, where we’ll check-in on the return to school and explore ways to continue supporting you in 2022.

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