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Keep Yourself Going

posted Sep 22, 2019, 2:15 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated Sep 22, 2019, 2:16 AM ]
In Educational Leadership, Chase Mielke wrote A Letter to New Teachers, giving advice on how to start off in a new place. But reading his advice, it seemed appropriate to all of us as we try to keep ourselves inspired for an entire school year - or for another entire school year. The linked article is short and worth the read, but here are the highlights:

Find a positive tribe. Look for people who will give you energy, excitement, and passion for your teaching.  Ask advice, share ideas, and get better together.

Curate the good and don’t hoard the bad. Don't hold onto or fret over bad days, a failed instructional practice, or a current situation you can't change. Focus your mental energy on helping students learn.

Forgive. Students are sinful people. We are all sinful people. We will all cause hurt to and be hurt by those around us. We need to be willing to forgive wrongs and not hold them against others. The unforgiving person is the one who suffers.

Own your present and future. There are thing about our situations that we cannot control, but you are the most influential factor on your students' learning. Remember all that you do have control over and make wise decisions about how to move forward. 

Craft your calling. None of us teach or relate to students in the same ways. Find ways to play to your strengths and account for your weaknesses. But also know why you teach and keep that at the forefront of your mind. (If you were in the Christian Philosophy of Education group last year, it should be in your paper :) )

Mielke concludes his article:
Be proud that you are in a meaningful profession. But be prepared to fight every year—and every day—to keep your passion alive. Remember that the conditions of teaching matter, but your actions matter most.