Well, it is Teacher Appreciation Week.
Lately, it doesn’t seem like teachers are held in much esteem.
I could tell you some stories…true ones.
And one day, I surely will if that is meant to be.
Today, though, I do want to say something to new educators:
Join a teacher organization. ALWAYS.
Stay connected to many groups other than your campus or district. This will serve you well.
When you realize something is amiss, do something. Speak up. Document.
Never ever think that others have your best interest at heart. Never ever think that school boards are informed.
It is your responsibility to keep them informed.
The students in your care deserve your best. They won’t get it every year from everyone. Make sure they get it when they have you.
You probably won’t earn a lot of leave or money while you teach. Save as much as you can. It is mental freedom to know you are not indebted to anyone.
Many people will tell you what to do when they have no idea what you do every day. They will expect ridiculous and impossible things from you.
Will my students be better because of this?
If the answer is no, you have some thinking to do.
Know that a week dedicated to appreciation is not what teaching is about.
Teaching is emotionally draining and emotionally fulfilling at the same time.
The lessons you will learn in the classroom are every bit as important as the ones you’ll teach.
Test scores don’t matter as much as your bosses want you to think.
Your students will remember you. Make their memories matter.
Have a good week every week.
Celebrate your decision to teach.