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What if I had an hour to sit down every day in a chair and just daydream about my classroom?

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Yup. 
1.) This invites teachers to work together to re-schedule their teaching lives to allow themselves a relatively consistent "daydream hour."
2.) Students inevitably find out/learn/ask what their teachers are doing, which sparks all kinds of interesting conversations, impromptu "daydream hour" assignments for HW, etc.
3.) The only requirement: Each teacher keeps their preferred version of a "Da Vinci" journal -- a place to think out loud in doodles, notes, coloring, journaling -- so long as none of it is self-consciously publishable. 
     Perhaps the other soft requirement is some kind of conversation with a colleague about how easy or how hard it was to internalize permission to really invest in the daydream hour.  

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Hi Elsa, YES!  I would certainly be interested in continuing this thought!  Thank you for the link.  It is always so validating to find others who are doing and thinking the thoughts I think are my own bizarre ideas.  Do you have any practices in place?  I have a few...and my teaching suffers/stress increases when I lose time for them. How might these translate to teacher inservice?  

inservice?  

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Hi Kathryn, 

I think you're on to something with the importance of having the mental space to just daydream and play around with ideas about one's classroom. Your idea reminded me of Dominic Randolph's Blank Plan from our last collaboration. https://teachersguild.org/challenge/how-might-we-create-rituals-and-routines-that-establish-a-culture-of-innovation-in-our-classrooms-and-schools/ideas/blank-spaces

I'd love to brainstorm some ways to translate this intuition into a practice or ritual that could be implemented into teachers' schedules. Would you want to work together on building this out? 

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Love this and think many of us can relate on so many levels. For me the biggest difficulty is not blocking out that "hour" (while difficult - that just takes discipline and proactive scheduling) but rather clearing my brain to actually focus on what I set that hour aside to think about. Getting all the other competing thoughts out of my head once I find the time is in many ways a harder challenge than actually setting that time aside.  

The closest thing I have ever found to work is running. Being out on the road with no cell phone, no computer, nothing to think about - except those thoughts I wish to think about is where I get my best thinking done. Of course the challenge then is to remember all those great thoughts when i'm finished and the runners high is over.

I wonder what else we could do to try and foster those lost in thought moments -that might not require breaking a sweat?  Ditching all electronic distractions is a start I suppose, but there must be something else we can do to try and recreate that same "mindfulness" state. 

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I love the daydreaming part, but then what I want is a pile of money to buy the things I need.

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Hi Kathryn, it looks like your contribution isn't published yet, so just wanted to remind you that when you're ready you can click the blue "Publish" button at the top of the post. Looking forward to collaborating with you!