Educators are so predictable.
Here is a list of what I think are the top comments said by educators on each day of the work week:
MONDAY: "I'd be doing better if today wasn't Monday."
TUESDAY: "Still recovering from my Monday."
WEDNESDAY: "I can't wait until Friday gets here."
THURSDAY: "Just one more day until Friday."
FRIDAY: "Thank goodness it's Friday."
Educators aren't the only ones who say these things, of course. It happens everywhere. It just seems that the people in charge of preparing future generations shouldn't be thinking this way.
Wishing for the weekend cannot help but bring down your attitude and spirit. It doesn't do any good for the attitudes of the people who hear it, either.
If someone was doing a secret study of how much educators liked their jobs based on their conversations, there would be no choice but to think that they hate them.
There are many many people in the world who would love to have a job that paid as much and had the same difficulty and stress level as a teacher. Good grief.
Life is too short to be wasting so much time wishing for the future. Quit worrying about what freaking day of the week it is.
Parents will drive you crazy if you let them.
Parents are not the enemy. Some of them do act like they think they are your boss, however. Usually the younger the age that you teach, the more this is true.
You won't see many parents taking their child to the emergency room and trying to tell the doctor how to do the surgery. At some point they trust that the doctor has been trained and knows what he or she is doing. They should have the same attitude toward teachers.
Some parents will try to push you around, or even bully you. Don't let them.
Remember that your duty is to serve your students. Parents can help or hurt that cause. Do your best to respect them and even include them in the process if necessary. Just don't feel like you have to kiss up to them and never let them push you around or disrespect you.
I could not survive for very long as a teacher on my own.
During my first year of teaching I decided to quit seven times. I even told the assistant principal one of those times that I quit. He told me to go home and think about it over the weekend before I made it official. I changed my mind. My teaching career was that close to ending a few months into it.
I was so stressed out that I couldn't sleep on school nights. So I did the only thing that I could think of to help me through such a tough situation--I prayed.
I had not been very serious about church, faith, etc. for long at the time, but that first year definitely got my attention. Praying and going to church got me through it.
I don't know how anyone can survive as a teacher without having similar help. The job is that hard. Experience helps, but it doesn't solve everything.
Just like any of these tips, feel free to disagree with this one. You wouldn't catch me going anywhere near the teaching profession without it, though. You can count on that.
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