We all have those moments…those moments where we feel lost in the ever shifting tides of education, our school, and our classes. These are the moments when we lose our footing and feel threatened of being washed away to sea.
These moments, for lack of a better word, suck. There is the tendency to feel hopeless. Feel useless. Feel bad.
And this is normal. We all go through it. We are not alone in this. We don’t have to be afraid…
But knowing all of the does not make it any less frightening…terrifying…and horrible.
I have been there. Might be there soon. And will definitely be there again.
I have been teaching long enough to have learned something, though.
There is something you can do in these moments.
Take a deep breath, and jump into the depths.
Hold your head up, face what is coming, and take the beating from the waves.
You may get washed away, but you will wash back up somewhere. Who knows where, but you will survive. You will learn from it. And you will move on.
If it something that you can’t avoid or that you are responsible for (or a mistake made), face it and ride it out. It will hurt. It will sting. It will stink. But you will get through it and you will be stronger for it.
So…DON’T GIVE IN!
Don’t give into the fear.
Don’t give in to the stress.
Don’t give into the anxiety.
You WILL survive.
You WILL learn.
You WILL grow.
You WILL live and be stronger in the end.
I know this does not give much hope, but you know you have the guts and the strength to get through it. You ARE a great teacher, no matter what circumstances might make you feel. You ARE making a difference. And you MOST DEFINITELY ROCK!
Keep on surviving and keep on teaching, Teacher!