You are passionate about your students and about teaching, there is no denying that. For that reason, when you have a REALLY challenging student, it is a struggle. You want to reach that student, but you also don’t want to sacrifice the other students and their learning environment. It is a mental and emotional tug-of-war that you deal with day in and day out. You do what you can and play each day by ear.
And you are TIRED!
Well, I just want to encourage you to keep it up! Don’t give up! Keep making those hard choices every day! We both know it will make a difference one day for that student(s)…even if it is in the far future and you will never know.
To help you do this and stay inspired to keep going, I went into the future and got that student to write you a letter. What, you didn’t know I had a time machine? 🙂
I’m attaching the letter to the end of this note. I hope it reminds you why you do the things you do. You are awesome and REALLY ARE making a difference! Don’t give up! Keep on teaching, Teacher!
You are awesome. I know that I say this a lot, but that does not make it any less true. I say you are awesome because you are awesome. You need to hear it more often than you do, so I will keep saying it.
So. You are awesome, Teacher!
One of the reasons that you are awesome is because of the difference you make for others. You change lives. You make things better. You put yourself on the line for the sake and betterment of those around you.
I am not talking about students this time. I am not talking about their families. I am not even talking about the community or society at large.
No, I am talking about us. The teachers. Those you work with. Those that you meet. Those that just hear about you.
You make a difference for other teachers.
You know what we do. We watch each other. We look and see what other teachers are doing, saying, and how they are acting and reacting. The good and the bad, we watch to see it all. We make choices based on what we see. We change what we do based on what we observe.
You know the old saying, “Great teachers beg, borrow, and steal.” Or something like that. We all do it, in some way, shape, or form. We look around to see what the other teachers are doing and make adjustments in ourselves.
From one teacher to another, thank you for being a teacher worth watching and modeling after!
I saw you, you made a note about something for your class based on what you saw or did on vacation. Thank you!
You bought some supplies with money from your own pocket because your students needed it and it was on sale. Thanks!
You went to a seminar and/or workshop while on summer break. Thank you so much!
You made time for planning even though you are not “on the clock.” Thanks, again!
You kept your teacher brain on even though school is not in session. I needed to see that. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
You do a thousand little things day by day, in school and out of school, all of the time that we all see. These things make you a great teacher, and they are making all of us better teachers.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You are awesome, Teacher. Education is better because of you! Keep on doing what you do and keep on teaching!
This is a letter that you may never get, but that does not make it any less true. We often never know our influence. Don’t forget that everything you do matters. Keep not giving up! Keep doing everything you can to reach ever student that you can. You never know how much that they need all that you say and do…even if it just making them complete assignments or retaking a test. It all matters, and it will come back to them…even if you never get to see it or hear about it!
You are awesome! The difference is being made. Keep on being relentless! And, as always, keep on teaching, Teacher!