I don’t know about you, but yesterday was a rough one for me. Not bad, so much, just rough. You know those kind of days?
I gave a test. I had high expectations. It went horribly wrong. My prediction of high averages were dashed on the rocks of reality.
I gave the students an opportunity to give me some feedback about behavior. They rated me, themselves, and the class. It is never nice to have to look into the mirror of perception! Nothing surprised me too much, but it doesn’t feel good to know what you thought is true.
So here I am this morning left with two things to come to grips with:
- The students didn’t learn what I thought they learned.
- I have as much to work on in myself as I thought I did.
So, what do I do with that? Do I beat myself up? Do I wallow in it for a while? Or do I pick my teacher hind parts up off the floor and get to work?
I have shared this quote before, but I love it and am going to share it again. It is from Jaime Escalante, the teacher the move Stand and Deliver was about (I wrote about him here). He said this:
“Life is not about how many times you fall down. It’s about how many times you get back up.”
It does not matter what a dose of real does to me. It does not matter if it knocks me down. It matters if I learn from it and change. It matters if I find a way to make what I need to do or teach work. It is more than an idea. It is a necessity.
It is a necessity as a human being. It is a necessity as an adult. It is a necessity as a teacher. But more than these, it is a necessity as a role model to my students.
I must get up. I must brush myself up. I must make changes. I must try again.
I must because one day the must do the same.
It is not about me.
It is about them.
I will get up today. I will brush myself off today. I will make changes. I will try again.
I will do these things because I am going to ask my students to do the same. I ask them to do this every day. They need to see me do it first. They will see me do it today.
How about you? What do you do when you are knocked down as a teacher? How do you handle it? How do you teach your students to get back up? Do they see you do it? Do the see you do it with grace? Do they see you do it with style? Will they and can they see you do it today?
I know that you get back up. You are a teacher. You have to. Can you get back up better today than yesterday? Can you show your students what it takes to bust through failure to get to success?
You are awesome! You do get back up. You do it with awesome. Help you students to that with awesome today! You are amazing! You are making a difference! Keep on teaching and getting back up, Teacher!