Being a Teacher Matters
This week we had Mustang Madness to kick off the basketball season and just like that we’re underway into the winter sports season. It’s hard to believe we’re two weeks into November! This year feels like it’s going by pretty quickly, and as with most things, it’s easy to get in a routine, go through our day-to-day motions, and take for granted how blessed we are to be educators.
What makes teaching and coming to school every day isn’t the amount of time we put in— it’s the intensity of the time we put in. Todd Whitaker said, “The best part about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest part about being a teacher is that it matters every day.” Working with students is hard and being on top of our game day-in and day-out is taxing. And although it is challenging, teaching is the most rewarding profession there is and we are blessed to work with students every day.
During times like this when things are rote and routine, we need to make every attempt to remember how blessed we are. Every day we are put in a position to influence our students for the rest of their lives. Let me encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to talk with students during lunch and in the hallways to really engage them, challenge them and build them up. Remember, they’re tired, too, and they’ve been working hard alongside us.
Student contact time is a precious commodity and it often seems like one thing or another takes from class time. Things will always come up, and for various reasons, classes will be shortened; however, when students are in our classrooms, we must take full advantage of that time. When given the option of helping students or doing anything else, choose the one that will help students the most. If working with students directly means papers don’t get graded as quickly or an email isn’t responded to right away, that’s a trade-off I’d take every time.
As we finish out the next few weeks of the semester, let me encourage you to enjoy your time with students. Continue to be creative, planning outstanding lessons and engaging your classes because being a teacher matters— every single day. Thank you for signing up for the challenge.