This is why…

 

 

Spring time in Texas will test your mettle like no other season. It’s the time of year where people start wondering why we do this thing we call education for. Is it for the testing pressure? Is it for the frustrated parents? Is it for the “what if’s” of the upcoming budget cuts/election/personnel changes?

I have a good friend who I walk with in the evenings. During a walk at a particularly trying time, I made the confession that in all my 10 years in education I’d never doubted my career path…but that I was struggling. Her advice was simple & direct.

Get to the kids. Get out from behind your desk, off your email, away from the phones… and get to the kids.

 

We have just one new teacher this year. This teacher took on the challenge of stepping

in where the previous teacher had been there a number of years.  She has turned that classroom inside out. New paint, a new routine, and HIGH expectations have turned this room into a place where I go often. So often in fact, I bet it unnerves our poor teacher who gets to see me pop in (almost) daily, 🙂

But when moments like this happen? It’s the clarifying moment. This is why I do what I do.

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Because these kids recognize me, they want to be near me, and they make my heart happy. I GET to do this for a living…and regardless of the circumstances I might find myself in, it’s moments

like these that can make it all worthwhile.

If you find yourself in a moment of stress…take a walk. Get to the kids & take

a seat. If you’re lucky, someone will grab your

face and make you smile….

reassured,

Amber

8 Comments

  1. […] Spring time in Texas will test your mettle like no other season. It’s the time of year where people start wondering why we do this thing we call education for. Is it for the tes…  […]

    January 15, 2013
  2. Haidi Appel said:

    I agree. I love my job and it is all because of the people. The students, the teachers, the families – that is why I wake up every morning and say “Yeah! I get to go to work today!”
    It isn’t always easy but the excitement and enthusiasm of those around me make a difference.
    We are making a difference.
    To all principals and administrators – Keep up the good work. I believe in you!

    January 15, 2013
    • Hi Haidi! Thanks fore reading & responding! 🙂

      January 16, 2013
  3. Janine McMillan said:

    I love this! I am a second year principal and I love my job too! Thanks for sharing in print what I feel on a daily basis in my K-3 building.

    January 15, 2013
    • Hi Janine, thanks for reading & responding! Sometimes it helps to just SEE it in print, :))

      January 16, 2013
  4. Traci Kosmach said:

    So. Very. True. I am a first year principal in a K-4 building and I do LOVE this job, these children, these families, these teachers…this community of learners!! Love this sentence, “It isn’t always easy but the excitement and enthusiasm of those around me make a difference.” Indeed! Thanks for the post.

    January 15, 2013
    • Heavens knows it isn’t easy, but one moment like this can certainly make up a day! Thanks for reading & responding!

      January 16, 2013
  5. John Wink said:

    Amber,
    I couldn’t agree more about spring in TX. Your post is exactly what every educator should remember. We are here for kids, not banners and accolades. Our actions as well as reactions should reflect that mindset. Thank you for a great post.

    January 19, 2013

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