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.
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….