Yesterday I started my new position back in my old school district. I was feeling very overwhelmed at having made such an abrupt turn around in New York, driving for three days and jumping straight into a new job all within five days.
My first day entailed sitting through a two hour lecture from someone I’d never heard of who talked about No Child Left Behind, Title I schools, and all the education “stuff” that goes along with testing. His name is Mark Rowleski and he was actually quite interesting to listen to. However, I could feel myself becoming more anxious with each passing minute as he spoke about annual yearly progress and test scores while I was realizing the enormity of setting up a classroom in a new school where I know almost no one, don’t have any idea how things are done, and have very little time.
Then he said something that literally slowed my breathing to a normal rate.
You can’t eat an elephant in one bite.
One bite at a time. That’s how I’m going to make things work out. One task accomplished, one problem solved, and keep moving forward.
(Can I make it an elephant size ice cream cake in my imagination? Eating an elephant would be gross!)