The Value of A Different Perspective
Inspired by the #Teacher5aday drive to focus on wellbeing, including noticing things around us more, I’ve been out and about taking photos.
I usually have my phone with me to capture interesting views, and with the recent snowfall where I live, there has been an abundance of views to capture (… what did we do before cameras on our phones?!)
This stump on the side of a tree had an interesting splash of colour in an otherwise monotone landscape.
I particularly liked this one … I call it a fir-tree fringe! The weight of the snow had brought the branches down to interrupt my path, and I had to duck right down to get past. Much to my husband’s amusement, whilst ducking down I disturbed some of the branches and got a cold snow shower down the back of my neck. (I definitely #noticed that!!)
On this particular walk*, I was paying attention not only to what was in front of me and below me, but also above me, capturing this view looking up into the trees.
I also wanted to capture some of the beauty in the detail, taking this one of a snow-covered branch, but in so doing I also managed to get a (slightly blurred) view through the heart-shape ‘window’. What a bonus!
This got me thinking …
How often do you look at things from a different perspective?
- When you’re teaching, do you have a favourite place that you like to stand and teach from, or do you move around?
- When you sit in the staffroom (on the rare occasions when you can!) do you always sit in the same seat?
- Do you always drive (or take) the same route to / from work?
- At home, do you always sit in the same seat when you’re relaxing?
I run a CPD group for coaches, and at our monthly meetings I try and sit in a different seat each time we meet. I find it gives me a different view of the room, and puts different members on my ‘radar’, helping me notice them and their contributions. Physically putting myself in a different space in the room also results in me gaining a different feeling about how the room’s set up, and whether it’s warmer or colder in certain areas. This helps me work out how to provide the best meeting experience for the members.
This year I’ll be extending my ‘noticing’ skills by paying closer attention to noticing with my other senses … so noticing smells more, how the ground feels below my feet when I’m running or out walking, really listening to sounds when I’m outside, and savouring how things taste. I’m exploring the topic of Mindfulness at the moment and have recently bought a few books, including one about mindful eating. I’ve just started it, and already it’s giving me a different perspective about how I eat (often too quickly!) and how I’m not good at savouring different flavours and textures. Another thing to add to my list of goals for this year!!
How are you doing so far with your #Teachers5aday goals?
Are you gaining new perspectives from your plans to #notice more?
*P.S. I spent so much time taking photos and noticing my surroundings on this walk that I failed to notice my husband holding up a very large tree branch so I could duck under it and not get another snow shower …
You can just see him in his red coat in this photo holding the branch up. This earned him lots of points!!
I’m Debbie Inglis, a performance coach, mentor and trainer, working with Heads, Principals, School leaders and their teams to maximise leadership performance, create more effective, confident, and motivated teams … in a way that brings out the best in you.