Teacher, What the Heck Are You?


Dear Teacher,

You and I – we are teachers.  We taught.  We teach.  We will be teaching.

And teaching is hard.

Teaching is more than passing knowledge to students.  It is more than mere instruction.  It is more than content, skills, and practice.

Teaching is more than lesson plans.  It is more than dynamic presentations.  It is more than the effort-laden, time-consuming resources made for the groups that we have each school year.  It is more than a Pinterest-inspired, welcoming classroom.

Teaching is more than getting to know students.  It is more than just spending time with them.  It is definitely more than just babysitting.

Teaching is more than preparing students for the future.  It is beyond getting students from year-to-year and then on into their adulthood.

Teaching is more…

More than anything, teaching is right now.  It is in the moment.  It is the every second that you have in an out of the classroom.

Teaching is seeing the needs of others before they are felt by them.  It is providing for students when they don’t have what they need (physically, emotionally, and mentally).  It is giving a challenge and sticking with students until they meet and go beyond it.  It is understanding the reasons behind behaviors, helping students through that, but still holding them accountable for their actions.

Teaching is now.  Right now.  This moment…and this one…and this one.

Teaching is more.

And if teaching is more, what the heck are you, Teacher?

You are more than an instructor, planner, mentor, and guide…you are…

IMPORTANT.

There is probably no more important thing you can be, as far as jobs and careers go.

You are needed.  You are vital.  You are important.

Do not forget that.

When you are overwhelmed by the yet-one-more student put into your classroom…

You are important.

When you are frustrated with trying to get all of your lesson plans done on time, even though you know they will be obsolete half-way through Monday because you are good at monitoring and adjusting…

You are important.

When that one student does that one thing one more time after weeks of being patient, and your patience has just run out…

You are important.

When you are tired.   When you feel beaten up and beaten down.  When you are on the edge of the abyss of burn-out…

You are important.

You really, truly, and unbelievably are important, Teacher.

It is hard to see sometimes (or most of the time), but it has never been more true than right now…today…whenever you are reading this.  You are important to your students and to the world.

What we do is hard…but, you are amazing at it.  Don’t give up, Teacher.  Don’t give in.  You are important and you are loved.  Keep going.  Keep fighting.  Keep believing.  You are making a difference!  You are awesome!

Tired Teachers

DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

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