Last week’s professional development workshop focused on mindfulness and self-care. We were encouraged to choose our personal Board of Directors: peers, family, and friends we trusted to advise us, mentor us, and counsel us. Colleagues who could share best practices. Elders who could share expertise and insight. Friends and family who could recognize and remind us of destructive patterns.

We were encouraged to analyze the data in the way our friends would. Isolate patterns of behavior that are troubling. Isolate patterns of behavior that produce disparate results. Isolate patterns of behavior that yield results antithetical to what you initially intended. Show you the gaps you aren’t capable of seeing. Use the data to tell the story that scares you. Tell the story that you don’t agree with, but might actually be true. To help you progress. To help you aspire. Mind the gap.

Administration has its challenges, and it doesn’t always agree with me. What draws me back is a hunger to solve problems, to create self-sustaining systems, and to improve processes and policy.

I’m more motivated when I’m able to create a system, a process, or a lesson that’s useful, effective, or efficient. As an instructor, I enjoyed creating lessons more than I enjoyed actually teaching them. Le struggle.

Here’s a simple lesson I created for a class of adult learners, students who tested into ABE (adult basic education) courses who had initially inquired about the process for high school equivalency certification (HSEC). I hope you find it useful.

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How do you practice mindfulness?
How do you practice self-care?
As an instructor, what do you need to help simplify your workload and to work more efficiently?