Monday, October 15, 2012
One of my friends posted this article on her Facebook last week.
I think that every educator can relate to some portion of this article. I think we can all agree that we are all tired AND it is just the start of the school year. We are constantly taking on new endeavors given by our state while trying to become proficient in teaching the new mandates and at the same time attempting to explain the WHY to parents. ( Why does my 10year old need to know this? or Why is my 6 year old taking so many tests??" etc) After reading this article I am still exhausted but I do feel better knowing that this is a nation wide issue.
So, as parent/teacher conferences approach just stick to the facts, leave your exhaustion behind and talk about what you know for sure ... you know your students...you know their strengths and weaknesses. Do not let political turmoil, education reform or personal feelings take over your conference. We may not have solutions for the way teachers are being portrayed but you can avoid being a scapegoat if you keep conversations to the point, factual and focused on the individual student.
Unlike the article ...my ending quote would say something like
"Get Up, Fix what you can in your circle of influence, Continue to Make a Difference because Exhaustion is a sign of Doing"