There are days when you just seem so excited to get up and get into the classroom…then there are days when it can feel like a major struggle. Perhaps those struggles come from a situation at home…maybe it’s because of a situation at work…or, yes it happens, you just are struggling with that one student and you need a break from that child.
These things happen. They happen because we are human. We are challenged by so many to make our students believe that we are something more than human. We feel like we need to be perfect at times. We don’t need to feel that way. We need to show that we do make mistakes. We need to show how to get past those “bumps in the road.” We need to teach from mistakes rather than criticize that a mistake happened.
We enter into our classrooms sometimes under that idea that we can’t struggle. Maybe we shouldn’t show our struggle fully, but we do need to let others know that we are struggling. We have so much to appreciate!
We need to appreciate our colleagues. They are the ones that may cause some of our struggles, but there are those few that will strengthen you and continue to push you forward. Turn to them, that’s why they are there!
We need to appreciate our administrators. They provide us with a resource of commitment to the school and can help us regain our focus. They are more than just a “boss” but they are also a leader for your well-being.
We need to appreciate our students. There will be those students that make us feel like we are not accomplishing anything. We want some students to be way further along than they are. Yet, we also need to appreciate any movement forward with these students. Appreciate the smiles they give you. Appreciate the effort they show. Continue to realize that we are there for them…and that they are there for us. We need to appreciate our jobs and all that we do! Appreciate yourself!