I won’t lie, last week was rough. I needed the three-day weekend I’m currently getting. My classes went great, I felt like my lessons were really productive and effective, I got some AMAZING writing from my students, and I got a lot of great feedback from them. But there were also daily struggles because that’s what being a teacher is like. I struggled a lot with what I believed is ethical in my teaching practice. I struggled a lot with what my role is supposed to be. I struggled a lot with trying to decide if I was doing the greatest good. And I struggled a lot with joining together what I believe in pedagogically and what actually works in practice and how I bridge that gap.
I was exhausted. I took a nap after school three days last week. One day it was three hours and I’d gotten a full night of sleep the night before. I was exhausted all week.
I also realized I wasn’t talking about those struggles with anyone but myself. I’m trying to be more positive this year, but simply ignoring the hard parts of the day doesn’t do anything but weigh you down, especially when you’re surrounded by creative and understanding coworkers like I am. As a teacher you’ve got to talk to coworkers to find solutions. You’ve got to ask for help. You shouldn’t spend your lunch breaks and conference periods complaining but you’ve got to reach out.
So that’s why my goal for this week is the positive reframe. It’s okay to struggle, and it’s okay to talk about it, it’s not okay to leave it at the complaint. So I’m going to focus not only on searching for the bright side, the flip side, the positive side, I’m going to focus on finding the solution. The flip side of every struggle is always finding the solution.
Already I’m excited to challenge myself with this. I’m already excited about the conversations I’m going to have to work these things out, and I’m excited to grow as a result.
So here’s to a great week ahead! I know my upcoming weekend is going to be off the charts amazing so I’m hoping to make the preceding week go the same way.
What’s your focus for the week?
Until next time,