The year is almost over…and it has been a rough one. You tired. You are beat up. You are beat down. And you are not alone.
A lot of teachers, or dare I say – most teachers feel the way that you do.
Even though you know that you can not control most of the factors that go into making this a tough year, you can not help but feel responsible for it, or at least what has happened in your classroom
As you reflect on this school year, I want to make one request of you: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEEEEAASE BE KIND TO YOURSELF!
Despite how this year may have gone, you are a great teacher. Be kind to yourself and know that.
No matter how you feel people think about you and your teaching performance, you have made a difference in the lives of your students. Be kind to yourself and see that.
Even if test scores weren’t great and things seldom went as planned, you focused on your students and you have helped them grow as human people and learners. Be kind to yourself and believe that.
And, heaven forbid, you think you can’t go on one more year and you are not cut out for this teaching life anymore, you really can do this again, you are made for it, and your students need you! Take a deep breath, be kind to yourself, and acknowledge that you are a teacher through and through.
Good things did happen this year. You did make a difference. And you were (and ARE) a great teacher!
Please be kind to yourself and know that this is true.
Yes, please reflect and plan for needed changes next year, but also be kind and see all of the positive, too.
You are a great teacher! You are making a difference! Thank you for all that you are and do! Keep on teaching, Teacher. You ROCK!