A new week approaches. A new performance. A new show. A new presentation.
You do the research. You make the plans. You write the script. You learn your part. You practice, practice, practice (even if only in your mind).
You do your best to be ready for when the curtain opens.
You breathe through the Sunday night “butterflies” as the time to go “on” is only hours away.
This is the weekend for you, a teacher.
Breathe, Teacher. Breathe.
And let some of the worries go.
Let them go?
Because you know that as soon as you step in the door on Monday, your plans will already be changed. You know that you can never really know what the week will throw at you. You will have to monitor. You will have to adjust. And just when your adjustments are adjusted, you will have to monitor again…and adjust. And monitor and adjust. Monitor and adjust. And monitor and adjust…all because you are a GREAT TEACHER.
Great teachers do not let plans and preparations rule the week. They are just what they are. Plans and preparations. The week has a plan of its own…and though you don’t let the week master you, you move and roll with it so you can master the week. Plans are not the end, they are just the means, and they can change. Your students and their needs are the end. You know the path to the end will change, and that doesn’t matter as long as you get to the end.
You, amazing teacher, know what it takes to be an amazing teacher. Not because you are trying to be amazing, but because your students matter most. This is why you need to let go of some of the stress and Sunday night anxiety. Your plans will not work the way you planned them this weekend. Your ideas for the week will change. You will be thrown curve balls on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. You will have to monitor and adjust, monitor and adjust, and monitor and adjust. But…you will make the right choices because you will think about your students above all else.
So, plan and prepare away, Teacher. We do need to plan, I am not saying we don’t. I am just saying that I think we need to let go of some of the Sunday, pre-week stress. It will all work out by Friday if we keep our students as our focus and make the needed weekly choices based on them and not the pressures that come from sources that are not our students.
I promise you, I am speaking to myself as much as I am to you…if not more!
Let’s remember our lost goal this week as we get ready for Monday…our students and their needs.
Let’s remember and breathe.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
This is going to be a great week!
You will be ready when the curtain goes up tomorrow!
You are so awesome! You are one amazing teacher! You are going to make an impact on those students of yours this week, I just know it! I believe in you because you believe in your students! Be amazing and awesome this week! I know you will be! Keep on teaching, Teacher!
PS…Just have to share! I remembered that I had some cool video editing software. I did a little experimental project. It is not great, but it is a start into adding some Dear Teacher/Love Teacher videos into the mix of encouragement. What do you think? Be nice. 🙂
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