This has been one of the most challenging classes I have ever had.
They are highly intense (like me) and they know exactly who they are.
They are on fire.
They are exactly 100% themselves.
They are completely in their bodies.
I love that about them.
After 6 months of school and so many challenges, I went home and said, “I can’t do this anymore, I might need to leave teaching.” I thought I was done. I truly did. It had been so hard and so complicated, I didn’t think I could spend any more time helping children learn and be in a traditional school setting.
Every February I teach students about Chinese New Year, and I tell them what animal in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac they were born in. Well, surprise surprise, 2/3 of my class this year were born in the year of the DRAGON. They were literally BORN DRAGONS. It all made sense as soon as I realized this. More research into Chinese culture and dragon lore made this connection even more important to me.
Dragons are strong and independent figures, but they yearn for support and love.
Dragons are the most revered animal in Chinese culture. They call themselves the descendants of the dragon. In the past, emperors were seen as the reincarnation of dragons. -Chinese New year 2018.com
THIS. ↑ Yes. Duh.
And then, what am I? I am a DOG. Dogs are the least compatible with dragons. Hahahaha. I take that with a grain of salt. What is most important is that I highly respect the dragon energy, and that 2018 is a power year for me-the year of the dog.
Additionally, I am an earth element and these children are water dragons.
Water and earth are opposing forces of elemental energies in Chinese cosmology.
If this is too much new-agey mumbo jumbo fake science for you, well take this on:
Karen and I hand selected every student in our classes, trying to make up the best classes using our past relationships with the families as our #1 priority. This stacked my class with a combination of emotional energies that I never could have predicted.
And I would not change a single lesson of this year for any reason.