As I was driving to work on Friday, I actually thought to myself if there was something else that I could be doing. As much as I love teaching, I don't love this. It's caused me to be resentful and wonder if I could have done something else. I talk myself out of this most times, but on Friday, I couldn't shake it. I know that I can't be the only educator who's thought if this is truly their calling.
Here's my challenge for those reading this blog. If you are a teacher, answer these two questions:
1) What are you doing to remember that you are good at what you do? Write down everything that makes you a great educator. Put those self-affirmations around your computer if you need to. That's what I'll be doing this week!
2) Who's your teacher buddy? You know that one that you go to about everything that truly gets it. Find that person and set up a coffee date or happy hour. Virtual, socially distanced, whatever. Just make the time and sit with each other through the mess that is this year. Then plan a second date.
If you aren't a teacher, reach out to one that you know. Let them know that you see what they are doing and appreciate that they are still doing it despite all of the crap being thrown their way.
This is not a way for me to seek out praise from this little blog post. I've got my people, but some teachers don't have their person. Be their person through this. Because the only way that we'll get through the muck is knowing that someone has our back.