As another school year comes to a close, it can be a very reflective time for teachers as they look back on the achievements and successes that they have experienced over the past ten months. Even the smaller day-to-day wins can certainly add up in regards to the value and the impact that we bring to student learning.
On the tougher days in teaching, when we seem overloaded with the demands of the job or when we hit roadblocks, we always manage to somehow breakthrough to achieve success and to make a difference. We might not realize it in the moment, but our efforts do matter.
As rewarding as it can be to look back on our successes and our achievements throughout the year, it is equally important to have genuine appreciation for what our profession can offer us.
An appreciation for the kindness and love that our students show toward us.
An appreciation for the mentors and the leaders who guide us.
An appreciation for those who give us their time and energy by listening to our complaints when things are not going our way.
An appreciation for continued opportunities to learn.
An appreciation for each day bringing us new possibilities.
When finding that special balance between achievement and appreciation, we will not forget the true value that we bring to this profession but also the value that this profession also brings to us.