Welcome to a new week. For the N. Hemisphere, the summer is about half over (or getting there). The new school year is looming ever closer…and the great teachers are slowly starting to gear up for it.
For this reason, I decided that it is time to dust off the old favorite of my posting genres and put up a theme song for the week post. I went looking for a song, and did I ever find one. I think this song (and video—sans the product placements) is one of the best teacher theme songs ever. I may adopt is as my theme song for the new year! We’ll see.
For those new to this blog, click play and read on. When you are done reading, you may want to go back and watch the video. It is pretty cool if you think about it in light of our role as teachers.
Teacher, your job is hard.
Few people, besides fellow teachers, understand what it is like.
What we do is taxing all on its own.
Teaching and teaching how to learn while balancing the needs of individual students and their families is not a simple task, but it is one of the most important in the world.
We have a lot to think about.
We love a challenge, and our profession is full of them.
On top of this, though, we are also beat up and blamed for many of the woes of society. People that do not understand what it is that we do make the choices about how we are to do it. When things don’t work out, who gets credit for what is wrong? Yup. Us.
Yes, Teacher, your job is hard.
But you wouldn’t trade it for the world…most of the time.
Even when you are going through the toughest time in your teaching life and everything inside of you is telling you to quit…except that one small voice that tells you to go on.
Teaching is your blood and you know it is what you were made to do.
That one small voice is a powerful one.
The cool thing is that there is not just one small voice.
All great teachers have that small voice that urges us to go on.
The voice screams and reminds us why we do what we do.
Our students…the children…the young adults…the future.
When we see the faces, when we remember the challenges that will face those faces one day, we have the small spark to get our fire going.
And you are surrounded by other teachers with that same voice and that same spark.
Teachers like us are all around.
And when the fire that burns in all of us burns together…we are a force to be reckoned with.
I am not talking about the world and legislation and banding together over that…that is another story for another blog.
I am talking about being a force against the challenges of being a great teacher for our students, no matter what is said or done on the red tape side of teaching and the hardships that we face.
Teacher, no matter what you have gone through as a teacher, you can get back up!
You are surrounded by teachers like you to help you up.
The small voice inside of you is a crowd and a mob that is all around you.
Just look up.
Just keep going.
Teachers like us will make a difference.
Teachers like us will change the future for our students.
Teachers like us will keep going and keep our students going.
Teachers like you are all around.
Keep going, Teacher!
Keep that fire going!
Do it for you.
Do it for your students.
Do it for and with teachers like you!
You are awesome! Keep going, Teacher, and keep on teaching!