Friday Thoughts: November is Here
This week we had Mustang Madness to kick off the basketball season and our varsity football team just wrapped up their regular season last night. It’s hard to believe we’re already in November! This year has gone by so fast! 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. 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. Use our time each day to really engage students, challenging them and building them up. 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.
Let me encourage you to enjoy your time with students and make every effort to really work with them directly. Be creative, plan some outstanding lessons, and really engage your classes. As you already know, the school year goes by fast. After all, it’s already November!