Encouragement for Teachers

This is just a quick thought to all of you teachers out there who are so busy that you cannot breathe!

It is tough with all of the things that we have on us and so many people misunderstand the teaching profession,

“Oh, I'd love to have my summers off… you teachers don't have to work in the ‘real world.'”

To which I respond,

“I've worked in the ‘real' world, and I love the classroom, although my hours are MUCH longer, and I make so much less, the work is very rewarding. I feel like teaching is the most noble calling on earth and nothing is more real to me than my precious, wonderful students.”

I truly feel that way. Teaching is a noble profession without which the civilized world would have no hope. What we do in our classroom is very important and each of us play a part in the grand scheme of society. Taking time to blog, share, discuss, and be a part of this new educational revolution is also very important.

So, my advice today as I'm a bit bleary eyed from working on my graduation presentation last night until after midnight is this…

Keep on going. Keep up a good attitude. Remember that May will soon be over and you'll be getting nervous about that new class of students in the fall (as all good teachers do.) Enjoy it while it is here… a moment to sit back and say, “You know what, I did a good job this year.”

Keep the faith teachers, you make the world go round. Take time to encourage other teachers who may be having a tough time right now.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Chris May 22, 2007 - 6:37 pm

Thanks Vicky. This came to me at a gray moment and it put a little color back in. Maybe I should just try to have fun and worry less about “getting it all done before June 7″…

Geri May 23, 2007 - 6:05 am

Nice article.
I wonder why some think that teaching is like a backup plan wherein it’s the only choice when things fail. Teachers are important and they’re responsible for turning a kid into a professional.

Ed May 24, 2007 - 1:32 am

Thanks for sharing your nice thoughts.
There are indeed times when the world is not in favor of us. We need certainly need encouragement in situations like these,

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