I've been sick. Oy vey. Head cold. Congestion. Kleenex. No bueno. No fun.
...and with that, this past week is the last week of the first 6-weeks of school. This translates into progress reports going out next week...therefore grades are due. And I'm SO behind on grading...
Within the past couple of weeks, I've felt my teaching job turn into a "to-do list" rather than a "shape the future, impact kids" sort of job.
So while I tried so hard this week to remind myself that it's ok to take care of you...you need rest...just make it through the week... A student I had last year visited me and asked me to wear his football jersey for Teacher Appreciation Day. I really wasn't expecting anyone to come ask me to wear there jersey, especially because I really didn't get a good chance to know the students last year (only having them for 2 months limits you, ya know?). How cool though, volleyball appreciation night AND Varsity Football Appreciation!
To know that I made an impact...in just one kid's life...it's worth it. For him to tell me that he enjoyed my class and appreciated me...it changed my perspective. THIS is what it's all about!
I need to make an active effort weekly and daily to remind myself that teaching is not a to-do list. When piles of paper get high (believe me, they are high this weekend!) and the emails keep coming...will I hold on to the thought that I just can't make it anymore with these things to do, or will I remind myself that I am blessed to teach? Blessed to make an impact on the 140 students I see on a daily basis?
What glass lens do you hold in front of you?
Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. -Charles Simic
The grass is greener where you water it.