Soon, school bells all over will ring and students will pour into classrooms as the new school year begins. Before they arrive, however, you will have already spent hours re-assembling your classroom, preparing student materials, and planning your first week of lessons. In addition to this, you will have attended PLC meetings, site meetings and district-wide meetings. You will have begun paperwork on your new students, spent hours organizing and reorganizing your weekly schedule, and possibly started thinking of goals for yourself because it is your year on the professional growth cycle…all before a single student steps through your door.
These are the things that start to weigh on teachers and cause us to lose our passion for the job.
Angela Kiser, a grade 5 teacher, in her interview on Angela Watson's blog, was asked what her strategy is for dealing with the things that bog teachers down.
Angela states, " I really try to take all the demands that are placed on me in stride. The paperwork will get done...The government will fight over what they think is best for a profession they will never understand... People will change the curriculum...There is a saying, 'It is what it is.' And yes, I complain and vent when I need that release of frustration. With all this weighing on me, I remind myself that I had a calling to this profession and in the end all that matters is that I am working for each little soul that is placed in those desks."
For me, her statement really sums it up - "I am working for each little soul that is placed in those desks."
That's why I became a teacher. That's why I fell in love with the job. So the question is, what can be done to help teachers with those things that weigh us down and sometimes block our focus?
The answer may seem too simplistic but here it is...
Make a plan! Sometimes, all it takes to overcome an obstacle is a plan to get around it.
Here are some things to consider:
1. Take a moment everyday to stop and reflect on all the great things that happened in your classroom.
So as you sit reading this, with your laundry list of things to do at your elbow, let's remember those little souls that will soon be pouring into your classroom.
Most importantly, let's take the time to fall in love with job all over again.
This post brought to you by Rebecca Mecikalski, Elementary Implementation Associate
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