I’ve gotten caught up in the hustle and bustle and hectic mindset of late and got lost. Like most folks, we feel overworked and are understaffed. Then, this week we learned that a colleague is moving away and we are literally one man down on our team.
Yesterday our supervisor asked us to make suggestions and encourage applicants to get the ball rolling toward adding a new team member.
I left the office with a scowl on my face and a scowl in my heart about my job.
For those of you who have known me for any length of time will attest to the fact that I have NEVER felt this way about my profession. I’ve almost always LOVED my job. (Yes, I said, almost – everybody has those moments, folks. Don’t judge!) Yet, here I was asked to encourage somebody to apply to become a part of my team when even I didn’t enjoy being a part of the team.
Still, I sent a message to a couple or three friends and thought I had done what was expected.
Then, I got a response. And I got another response. A friend called me!
She asked me a couple of questions and I began talking and I realized…
I STILL love my job!
Maybe I don’t love some parts of it. Maybe I have been a bit overworked lately and I’m really tired. Yet, I still love what I do.
I found myself explaining what the great parts of the job really are:
- observing and collaborating with good teachers
- sharing interesting, helpful, and dynamic resources which enhance learning
- planning and facilitating quality professional development sessions which improve teaching and learning in the classroom
- modeling and sharing tech-rich lessons and strategies that are effective in the classroom
- getting to know teachers who enrich the lives of children
- contributing to the growth and development of students
- feeling that aha-moment when a teacher or student ‘gets it’
I heard myself giving a brief outline of quality lessons where students:
- write with a purpose
- collaborate and revise their work because they really want to do so
- develop an inquiry mindset and strive to learn about a topic or learn more
- read with passion and pleasure
- engage in the lesson and collaborate as they learn and improve their skill set
I confidently assured this friend that if she was hired to be on my team I would be there to coach and mentor her.
What would you say if you were charged with finding a team-member and were encouraging somebody to become a part of your team?
How would you describe your job if you were responsible for selecting your replacement?
Is that how you are facing each day of work?
My theory has always been that I should teach each student as if he/she were the EMT who was pulling me out of the ditch and trying to save my life. I almost lost that perspective.
As teachers, we are responsible for educating those who will take care of us in the future. I take that seriously and I hope you do as well. Please don’t get caught up in the hustle and bustle and hectic mindset all around you. Don’t get lost.