I am sorry that my words of encouragement have been few and far between this year. It has been a rough and busy school year.
But I guess that this is not news to you.
As I talk to and get feedback from other teachers, I am hearing the same thing from them. It is a tough year. There is no time. It is all that I can do to keep my head above water.
We are all just trying to survive this year, aren’t we.
It isn’t easy for any of us, even the most veteran teachers.
This school is is just plain difficult.
I have some good news and some encouragement for you today.
The Good News: For most of us, this school year is half-way over!
And there was much rejoicing.
You know what takes to be a good teacher. Nay. You know what it takes to be a GREAT teacher. You know because you are one.
I know that this is a trying year. There is so much extra on your plate. There are so many curve balls to contend with and handle. There is just a lot of…well…everything this year. It is not easy to let your greatness show.
But, you awesome teacher, you, know what your students need. You know what is best. You know how to reach and teach even the most difficult students in your class. You know what it takes to get your students where they need to go. You have the knowledge and the know-how!
I have four words for you: Stick to your guns!
Stay true to the teacher that you know you are. Sometimes that means having to fight battles over what is best for your classroom. Sometimes you just have to go through the motions of the extra that you are asked to do. Sometimes you need to let a few of those unneeded plates drop (you know all of those many plates that you have to spin for the sake of spinning and not for the sake of the precious ones in your class). Sometimes you just have to stand up for what is right.
It is not always easy to do, but you have to remember who you are there for…your students.
I know, there is voice after voice after voice telling you the best way to do your job. Sometimes those voices are right. Sometimes you are already doing a good job and can afford to put some voices on mute. Have the courage to do that. Find the voices that count, but don’t forget your own.
Be courageous and do what needs to be done today.
Make your students your goal.
Remember them today.
You can do it!
You are awesome and I completely believe in you! You have what it takes to do what it takes. You are making a difference! You are strong and courageous. I know that you will make choices today that will help your students be everything that they can be! Keep going! Keep on teaching, Teacher!