You want me to do WHAT?

When I saw this video today, I saw myself.  This is taken from a US game where the players have to contort their body to fit the hole in the foamboard.

So often, I feel like this woman… asked to do the unrealistic with the material I have to work with.   I find myself saying: 

“How on earth am I going to do THAT!!”

Hey, at least she kept her sense of humor! 

But, honestly, not knowing what you're expected to do and then all of a sudden, meeting the students or looking at your budget and realizing that it is impossible is a tough thing!!!

I had an unrealistic cell phone budget one year that everyone agreed was impossible for me, but upper management did nothing about it.  Hopeless makes us feel helpless and we end up in the water.

The only way I made it through was to tell everyone… OK, don't think this is possible.  It's not possible and to preserve my own attitude so I could enjoy life during the trial.

This is a one time thing and we laugh – but remember, if she had to do this a lot (the person in the video) – at some point she'd quit.  Unfortunately, there are many teachers in that boat 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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2 comments

buckeye12 October 26, 2008 - 9:39 pm

I really enjoyed this blog because as a college student seeking a degree in education, it is tought sometimes to keep pressing on. If you look at everything that you have due along with all of the exams sometimes your schedule gets overwhelming and you think you might not be able to pull through. Like you said though, it is important to keep a positive attitude through everything. As a teacher, I will need to keep a positive attitude even when I feel overwhelmed by all the standards I need to teach and all the students I need to reach.

V Yonkers October 29, 2008 - 5:38 pm

Buckeye 12: Not only will that help you in school, once you are teaching it will allow you to support your students in not becoming overwhelmed and giving up.

Letting them know that you are learning also (as teachers are always learning) and facing challenges with a “well, let’s go to plan B…Z” attitude gives your students a role model and confidence to keep working.

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