Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teacher Pep Talk

If you are a teacher you might be feeling down, depressed, frustrated, hopeless... you can insert your negative adjective.  Your student's poor behavior may be standing out more than their greatness at this point. If you aren't a brand new teacher you may remember that this time last year (especially if you are like me and holidays are few and far between right about now) you felt the same way.  Don't worry, though, we are all going through the same thing right now.  The seasons are changing.  The days are getting shorter and for some reason the students are getting squirrelier (they are itching for some days off as much as you are you can bet your sweet arse).  It is just not a very uplifting time of year.  But don't worry there is light at the end of this tunnel and it is called Winter Break and it will be here before we know it.  (Just look at how fast Halloween has came.)  After Winter Break it is all down hill from there and the next thing you know we will be at Spring Break and then wrapping up another year and it will be time for this whole cycle to reset and restart.  Here's a graphic for all you visual learners out there.
Do what you can to not harm anyone right now.  Get through day by day (I keep lots of chocolate in my desk drawer) and remind yourself that you have great kids (even the trouble makers) and that you didn't become a teacher because of the pay.  You did it (I'm guessing) because you love learning and you love inspiring others to be learners so even though you may not feel so inspiring right now you still got to go out there and fake it.  And one of these days you will have something happen in your classroom that will make you feel all warm and gooey inside and it will make these downhill days all worth it.

1 comment:

hmb said...

You're funny! Hope winter break gets to you soon!