It is a constant internal struggle to be present in the here and now. We are trained as educators to anticipate, think ahead, be proactive, and be prepared. In looking ahead, we sometimes miss the opportunities of the present. We’ve convinced ourselves that, to supervise all the children adequately, we must live on the surface of our classrooms, as if we were lifeguards monitoring a big pool. Children deserve more than lifeguarding and monitoring. Give yourself the gift of being present. Think about the slow of now, today, and just be here. When you find your mind wandering to the next item on your agenda, interrupt that thought and focus on the children and trust their now, not yours.
In loving memory of Gryphon House author Leanne Grace, MEd, we are sharing pieces of her inspirational writing every Wednesday. Leanne was the director of professional development at Hildebrandt Learning Centers and a lifelong advocate for early childhood education. She inspired the early childhood community to prepare children as lifelong learners with her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. One person can make a difference, and Leanne did just that. She will be sorely missed.