November is Here
Tonight our varsity football team wraps up their regular season with senior night and gears up for the playoffs, and on Monday, we’ll kick-off the basketball season with Mustang Madness. It’s hard to believe we’re already in November! As it seems each year, the year has gone by so fast! 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 challenging 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 (10 days out of 10) 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 (like today’s pep rally!); 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 Chad reminded the high school students after chapel on Wednesday— we care about our kids and want them to feel that every day. 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!