Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Are you too hard on yourself?

Does this remind of you of yourself?
                  As teachers we put pressure on ourselves to have everything perfectly arranged in our classroom, we lesson plan to the infinite detail, we prepare tell we are blue in the face, we then deliver all lessons plans with thoughtful consideration to all of our students different learning styles and needs. But regardless of how prepared we are, there are days and maybe weeks that we feel everything we prepared and have done has had little or no effect on the success of our students! As a professional, I think one of the qualifying statements before we are accepted into an educational program should be are you critical of yourself? If yes, please apply. If not, don’t bother. From the very first day of student teaching, we are asked to be reflective practitioners, which included identifying what went well and what didn’t go so well through out our day. I don’t know about you, but during student teaching I found more things I needed to improve on then anything else. Although we will always remain critical of ourselves because it is in our nature please remember to celebrate all success. Some days are better than others. Your first great day might not happen until October. The hope is there! Pick one thing each day to tell you if you have had a successful day. Maybe your goal is to have students walk in a straight line or wash their hands after the restroom, whatever you choose remember there is always tomorrow!
                                                                                                                                                                  HANG IN THERE!!!

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