NickerMaker - I totally understand where you are coming from regarding school. My last classroom year (in a jr high school) was one of my worst ever. I elected to leave a great full time, cream of the crop, secondary teaching position to see if I could make a difference in junior high. Well, those kids ate me alive and I nearly quit teaching forever. My confidence was completely shattered all because I cared more than the kids, their parents and my administration. Lucky for me, I have had two years break from the classroom working as a consultant, but unfortunately, the only position available in my area for next year is back in a different junior high. So, all I can do is learn and grow, so for better or worse, this is what I have learned and how I hope to approach the year.
I remind myself that I am a skilled, creative and accomplished teacher. When I forget, I try to look back on my successes for inspiration on, not my failures.
I cannot reach every kid all the time, and that is OK as long as I strive to create opportunities for every kid to reach me. I am continually learning how to create these opportunities.
Some students live under circumstances that are way beyond my control.
Although I am the teacher, I am also a learner first.
The most important thing I want my students to know about me is that I am a human being, and I do have a sense of humour.
Less self righteousness, more humour and compassion.
Colleagues that do not provide mutual support and encouragement are not the kind of people whose opinions I should value.
I teach kids science, but it is more important that I help kids learn how to live well.
Find some inspiration and gratitude in every single day. The toughest days are when you need these the most.
When all else fails, a good dose of magic horse breath makes everything better.
I hope you have a fantastic school year and find the daily inspiration, encouragement and confidence you need.