It is that time of year. We are coming to the end of the journey with another class of students. As we reflect over all that has happened for the last nine months many emotions come bubbling to the surface. We look back with pride over the progress some of our kiddos have made and cringe with frustration over what may have been left undone. As we think about saying goodbye to this class as we send them along to the next phase of their academic journey we picture each individual face, some of whom have made us laugh, others may have made us cry and still others may have us wondering, “did I really reach that one at all?”
We may also find ourselves reflecting on why it is that we do what we do. Real teaching is all-consuming (both heart and soul) as we give a part of ourselves to each student. It can be the most challenging, emotionally exhausting, and highly rewarding career a person can choose. What I mean by highly rewarding is that sense of personal satisfaction and pride one gets when they know they are doing something that makes a real difference because we all came into this knowing it was not for the financial rewards. And while we know we are in it for the personal gratification, it would still be awesome if the reality was that society paid teachers what they are genuinely worth.
Since it is the end of the year, I thought I would leave you with some uplifting humor before you depart for the much deserved restorative qualities of summer break. In the clip below, comedians Key and Peele imagine what would happen if society treated teachers with as much respect and admiration as it gives professional athletes. Wouldn't it be nice? Enjoy!
This post brought to you by Julie Ace, Elementary Implementation Associate
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