January is the breaking dawn of a new year and the season of light. It is a new beginning and a time in which most everyone around us eats light, spends light, and basically “goes light.” However, for those of us in education breaking dawn and the season of light has a different and symbolic meaning. We return to work in January from our long Winter Break hopefully refreshed, relaxed and with a renewed purpose and outlook on ourselves, our students, and our school. Breaking dawn is that crucial time in which educators first begin to see a glimmer of hope. Breaking dawn is also when we start seeing the fruits of our labor begin to emerge. A student who may have struggled with reading begins to put the pieces together. A student who may have had significant behavior challenges begins to turn the corner and respond to interventions. The “light bulbs” all around us begin to flicker which then leads us to the season of light. We see this season of light present itself in many different ways. Just as the January days become longer and more daylight reveals itself, we begin to see the first glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. The tunnel is the struggle that we have endured for our students, and with our students, up until this point. The glimpse of light is the first sign that all our hard work is paying off and that we truly are making a difference for our students. So, when the cold, dreary days of January continually march on with no “snow days” in sight, remember that January truly IS the breaking dawn and the season of light. Reflect positively on all you have accomplished with and for your students. Turn to the light and allow it to shine brightly, even for a brief moment, as a constant reminder of the goodness that is among you as a teacher and the reflection that you have in each and every one of your students.