Missing the positives… The need for #optimisticed


We have had what can only be described as…” a bit of a term.”  Mostly it’s been due to things out of our control. It has been a deluge. I have been the umbrella but actually it’s taken its toll this term. I have never needed a pause and a break so much. Easter has arrived just in the nick of time… like a gallant white steed with a giant rabbit on its back…or that bit in Lord of the Rings when all the ghosts arrive but instead of swords they are carrying chocolate eggs.


The Gallant Easter Bunny riding to my rescue

For the last few weeks I have had to steel myself to climb in the car and drive to work. The other stuff has swamped the good stuff. I felt like I was drowning. Sadly the negativity breeds negativity. I have begun to lose sight of the good stuff.

My deputy pulled me to one side at the end of last week. She gave me chocolate and a coffee with too many sugars in. Then she set about realigning my world view. Her main point was actually this is really good. If you go around our school it’s good. The teaching is ‘ON IT!’, the children are ‘ON IT!.’ There is a buzz, an energy, it’s working. I’ve just missed it. The other stuff has blindfolded me. I’ve been walking round with blinkers on. My deputy made me take a deep breath and look at it,  actually really look at it.

Thanks Mrs S.

Twitter has also been a really negative place in the past few weeks with passive-aggressive nonsense, smart-arsery and people posting provocative statements and bashing other professionals. (This is trolling by the way) They say it’s debate…it’s not. Debate holds a possibility of changing a person’s mind. The views of most the people who spark these “debates” are  intransigent. If that’s the case then the argument stands for just letting them get on with it and not giving them the oxygen they seem to require.


“We will splinter and we will divide
We will disappear to two different sides
And I hope that the world in which you find
Yourself is better than the one you leave behind”

Bubblegum, The Mystery jets

The problem is the negative is often the louder voice. The positive disappears to the margins. Sadly most of us remember the one bad thing rather than the ten good. You stew on the bad. One little bit of bad makes the whole thing taste bitter if we let it.

Yet equally there is much to celebrate.

The Oxford Reading Spree was a joyous celebration of the Power of Reading to change young people’s lives. The event was optimistic, empowering and joyful. The drive and passion of @EdFinch to set it up, the generosity of the people who gave their time to present  as well as the people giving their own time on a Saturday to further their knowledge of what books can do in our classrooms was frankly astounding. Without twitter it would never have happened.  In fact that weekend Oxford was awash with teachers giving their time to try to do the best for their children and learn more about their craft either at the Spree or ResearchEdlang which was held on the same day.

So moving forward. I need to compartmentalize. Celebrate the good, put the bad in it’s box. (like Voldemort in the Kings Cross Scene in the Deathly Hallows)

You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between
You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene
Bing Crosby, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
I need to be more than an umbrella, I need to be the sunshine breaking through the grey clouds or at least a mug of hot chocolate, an open fire and a good book after a stormy day.



1 thought on “Missing the positives… The need for #optimisticed

  1. Pingback: Getting rid of staff isn’t the answer…TES article archive #3 | Being Brave! a first time headteachers blog.

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