I saw this in an article this morning and just had to share. It made me think of you. Yes, it is a real picture. The whale-watchers had no idea they were being whale-watched!
Sometimes we are so close with helping our students turn a corner. Sometimes it is remarkably close, and we just don’t know it. This is why we can’t give up. This is why we must keep going.
Our students are getting it. We are making a difference. Keep going, Teacher! Keep teaching! You are so awesome!
Have a great break! Relax and recharge those batteries!
Yesterday I mentioned that I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with the many things to do and the lack of time to get them done. Today is not much different…well, in a way it is worse because a pending “one more thing on my plate” has been served to me so I am balancing yet one more responsibility in my now exhausted arms. BUT, I did feel that I needed to write today. I am talking to myself today, but you are welcomed to listen in. 🙂
Sharks are awesome. Not that it needed to be said, but it is so very true. Sharks are cool. I have thought so since I was a kid. I never really grew out of it. Then again, who has? There is a reason that Shark Week has been going strong for all of these years.
I have a renewed love of sharks as this is my second year teaching animals (I am a Science teacher). Sharks are a fascinating fish, creature of the sea, and inhabitant of our little blue planet. There are so many types and each group is different from the others. They cannot be lumped all together and very few assumptions about sharks are true for all of them. Each shark species has its own interesting characteristics and quirks.
One of these quirks you may or may not know about, and it came to mind today as I was think about how I feel like I have so much to do that I don’t know where or how to start. Some sharks, especially the bigger predators have to keep swimming to live. Without movement water does not move through their gills. Without water in the gills oxygen cannot be taken in. Without oxygen, respiration stops. Without respiration, well, RIP Mr. or Mrs. Shark.
Movement is necessary. Movement is vital. Movement is non-negotiable. Movement is life.
If the Great White does not swim, the Great White will die. Sure, it is the big bad fish of the ocean that can take on almost any challenger (I know, other nerd-types like me, Tiger Sharks are actually the most dangerous predator…just let me keep writing). Sure the Great White is one of the most feared creatures in the world. Sure, none can stand (or swim) with it present and not be pretty fearful. However, even the mighty Great White is powerless without movement. It has to swim. Just like Dory, Great White need to “just keep swimming.”
You probably see where I am taking this. I think Teachers are awesome. We are the sharks of society. I don’t mean that in the classical metaphor of “shark” for a person. I mean that we are a group that is very often misunderstood. We can’t be pigeon-holed together as one type of teacher. We are all different. We are not the same. We have our own characteristics and quirks.
We are also ferocious. We, in society, are taking on foes that few people want to fight. We are fighting illiteracy, poverty, neglect, low-self esteem, triggers that lead students in to gangs, environments that can lead to drugs, and so many other things that a list is impossible. We are big, bad sharks. We are like Great Whites in this way. We are fighters. We do what few others can.
Yet, we need to remember to keep swimming. We have to. It is the only way to stay alive. We have to move. We have to keep moving. We can’t be overwhelmed. We will drown. We will die as teachers. We have to keep moving, swimming, and going.
So, when there are a million things to do, pick the most important, choose a direction, and then get going. Do something. Do not stay still. Move! Go! Swim!
You can do this! You are the shark! Start swimming today, keep going, and don’t stop. You’ve got this. Today is yours.
Just keep swimming!
You are awesome! You are a shark in the lives of your students, in a good way. You are fighting battles that they cannot fight on their own. You are also busy, tired, and overwhelmed. Don’t give up! You are too amazing to give up! Just keep swimming and keep on teaching, Teacher!
Two words: Keep going!
It is Wednesday. Keep going.
You are feeling burned out. Keep going.
You don’t feel supported. Keep going.
You are lost in your content. Keep going.
You have too much to do. Keep going.
You have some difficult students. Keep going.
You have things going on at home. Keep going.
You have issues at your school. Keep going.
You are not getting along with coworkers. Keep going.
You are tired. Keep going.
You are beat up. Keep going.
You are hurt. Keep going.
You are emotionally spent. Keep going.
You are out of ideas. Keep going.
You have too many students to get to each one every day. Keep going.
You want to give up. Keep going.
Your students are so close to breakthroughs. Keep going!
Your students look to you as their only hope in the day. Keep going!
Your students need your consistency. Keep going!
Your students are learning to learn on their own. Keep going!
Your students are having more and more “aha” moments every day. Keep going!
Your students are figure things out. Keep going!
Your students are learning. Keep going!
You are who they need and need you to be. Keep going!
The road is long. The road is hard. Keep going.
There are thorns. There are rocks. There are hills. There are mountains. Keep going.
The end is far and your strength is almost gone. Keep going.
You will make it. You can get there. Keep going!
Teacher, don’t give up.
You are awesome. You can do this. Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Keep on teaching, Teacher, and keep going!