In the last few weeks I have noticed that there have been many educators walking the halls of my school waiting for their interview. This scene makes me remember what I was like five years ago when I was in their shoes. It inspired me to write this letter.
Dear Me Five Years Ago,
I know you are feeling excited to finally be done with college and be out into the "real world". I also remember you feeling scared out of your mind about the "real world". I know you were ready to start your back-up plan, but I'm sure dental school would not have been that much fun anyway. Remember it is not about the paycheck. Be sure to use all of that passion you have for teaching everyday. Your passion is what gets you a job and what has been keeping you excited to go to work. Don't take your passion for granted. Don't be so worried about how you seem to your co-workers. Trust your gut and always do what you know is right for kids. Don't feel like you have to resort to…
Today I thought of something that I would like to share in case there are other educators who feel the same way I do.
How I Describe My Passion
They whisper that I will burn-out if I continue at the pace I am going.
They say that they have seen this all happen before.
They look at me with those sad eyes when they realize how tired I am.
I say that I am driven.
I showcase my love for learning and students everyday.
I sprint through the marathon because I know that I only have a short time with these students and they deverve the best from me.
I know I get tired and sometimes I let it show.
I know I get to the point where I question if it is all worth it.
I know I will make mistakes along the way.
I know I will get my energy back.
I know I will see my students grow and realize that it is all worth it.
I know I will learn from each mistake, brush myself off, and keep doing what I am doing.
Do you still feel like a new teacher even though you have been teaching for years? This past year was the first time that I didn't feel like a new teacher, but it took until January to feel that way. I just finished my fifth year teaching. Does that mean that I was technically a new teacher for a year and I just felt like it was my first year each year after? Is the label 'New Teacher' a mindset or a time limit?
When each year feels like the first year, it isn't necessarily a bad thing. I hope to never lose the nervous feeling before the first day of school, keep getting excited every time a student understands something new, and sustain the energy to keep up with my middle school students. Do new teachers have more energy? More enthusiasm? I think they seem like they have more, but it may be because somewhere along the way teachers lose some of these qualities. Maybe they are overworked, underpaid, or stressed out. Educators need to realize the qualities that new teach…