• Michelle Bickhaus

Maintaining a Grip in the Midst of a Pandemic - Part 4

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One of my favorite writers, Goethe, is reminding us of the beauty of our actions. It’s time to act on your plan and in that action you’re sure to create magic, grace, and power.

Doesn’t that make you want to jump right in and get going?


You’ve made your plan. You’ve created a systematic plan for regenerating this small area in your classroom.

First, can I just address something I’d rather not have to address? A sort of Coronavirus Caveat, if you will. It is possible that you’ve had to remove so much from your classroom that this little revamping exercise is moot. And that breaks my heart.

I feel a little strange moving on with this five-part plan because Covid is interfering with everything, including our classroom plans. Since we have no control over these fluctuations, I feel better and I hope you feel better, having the control that at least making a plan can give us.


Let’s proceed with the highest hopes. And if we have to put this revamp on hold, then…well…life is like that. We’ll put our oft-required flexibility to good use and tuck the plan away until we can follow through.

If you are able to follow through then now is the time to do so. Carve out no more than a couple of hours and get this thing done. Shine, polish, and perfect this space so that you contribute to the overall zen of your space.

Teachers, you shine! I’m so impressed with all that I see you doing. You’re wrestling with so much heaviness right now! Your fortitude, positive attitudes, creativity, strength, and more inspire me!

I’m cheering you on. I’m right beside you. I love you for all of the beautiful ways you love your students. I believe in you!

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