Yesterday marked the first day of school on my 10th year of teaching. As yesterday went on, I reflected on lessons that I have learned through my decade career so far. 1. Get excited - Every new school year is like a blank slate with unlimited possibilities. Each year has students who are nervous and excited for school. Show them that having a passion for education is cool. 2. Surround yourself with positive people - We all know that the teaching profession can feel like a grueling and unappreciated profession at times, which is why we need to stay positive. You red to have a group of peers that will help keep you positive and focus on your goals. 3. Start small - I can tend to get caught up in the excitement of trying new things and I make a big wish list of things I want to accomplish. Then my wish list gets to be overwhelming and I don't know where to start. In these last 10 years I have learned to pick one or two things to put into practice. That way it is more manageable. 4. …
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.