Teaching is hard – but worth it
It’s hard to believe we’re already ending our second week of November! The football playoffs are here, winter sports are getting up and going, and we’re all moving right along. 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.
The only people who say teaching is easy are people who have never done it.
Teaching is hard.
Working with students is hard.
Dealing with difficult or needy parents is hard.
Watching students learn responsibility is hard.
And although it is challenging, teaching is the most rewarding profession there is.
During times like this when things are rote and routine, 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.
Take advantage of opportunities to talk with students during lunch and in the hallways.
Use your class time 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 classes 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 fast, that’s a trade-off I’d take every time. If you fall too behind in grading papers, perhaps we can find another way to assess student learning that doesn’t take away from direct instruction.
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!